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Height adjustable desks reduce wrist & shoulder pain for radiologists

Supplier: Ergomotion
08 March, 2013

The Royal Children's Hospital-Melbourne has introduced a new PACS and Voice Recognition System into Medical Imaging.

The impact has been more use of the mouse and hence more wrist and shoulder pain. The hospital wanted height adjustable desks for their Radiologists as they were experiencing these injuries to work in static and awkward positions for long periods of time. The Radiologists did not have their own desks but instead used the Imaging room as a "hot desk" environment where the doctors would use any desk available. They were using static benches and found that the doctors were adjusting their bodies to suit the desktops, which would lead to sore joints and sometimes more serious injuries.

The Radiologists identified electric height adjustable desks as the best solution to cater for all the varying heights and postures of their doctors. The electric height adjustable desks would allow them to be able to easily adjust their desk to suit themselves while sitting and also allow them to stand for part of the day. The height of the monitors was also of concern as the monitors would need to vary in height depending on whether the doctor was sitting or standing. Monitors arms were needed to allow the monitors to be easily adjusted in height, tilt, pan and reach.

Solution

The Motiondesk™ 2-DL11 electric height adjustable desk was supplied to allow each individual Radiologist to adjust their desk from sitting to standing positions. Monitor arms were supplied to adjust the monitors in reach, pan, tilt and height, with a special plate allowing the PACS monitors to be adjusted as one. Cable trays with mounted power points safely stored and tidied all the cables and alleviated the problem of having multiple plugs going to the wall. Adjustable CPU holders were also supplied to mount the computers to the underside of the desks, so that they could move up and down with the desk. The cable trays and CPU holders helped alleviate an OH&S risk by removing the cables and computer off the floor.

Outcome/Results (experienced by the Hospital)

Without exception all radiologists have commented on how their work practice has improved, with the introduction of the electric height adjustable desk, and how much better they feel with regard to wrist and shoulder pain. The electric height adjustable desks have created a much better working environment. When consultants come down to review their cases, the electric height adjustable desk can be elevated so that no-one has to bend over to see the monitors.