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Developing and Evaluating a Nursing Bag System for Home Care Nurses Using a Participatory Ergonomics Approach

Lee, Elaine J. BSc (Kin); Haddock, Maureen BSR; Yu, Shicheng PhD; Back, Chris BSc, CCPE; Yassi, Annalee MD, MSc, FRCPC

The BUSINESS of home healthcare

Home care nurses expressed physical discomfort and dissatisfaction associated with transporting supplies to and from their vehicles and clients' homes with their existing bags. This study used a participatory approach to design a nurse's bag and evaluated the level of satisfaction of home care nurses transporting supplies before and after a bag-system intervention. One nursing bag system was preferred by the majority of home care nurses above others tested, as well as previously used systems.

Elaine J. Lee, BSc (Kin), is Project Coordinator, Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Maureen Haddock, BSR, is Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention (MSIP) Advisor, Richmond Health Services, Vancouver Coastal Health, Richmond, BC, Canada.

Shicheng Yu, PhD, is Statistician, Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Chris Back, BSc, CCPE, is Ergonomics Program Manager, Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Annalee Yassi, MD, MSc, FRCPC, is Executive Director, Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; Institute of Health Promotion Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; Department of Healthcare and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Address for correspondence: Elaine J. Lee, Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia, #301-1195 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X5, Canada (e-mail: elaine@ohsah.bc.ca).

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.