Assess knowledge and practice of internship students regarding assisted body mechanics to reduce musculoskeletal disorders and to develop safety guideline on manual handling technique
Swamy PGN1, Ruhi Varghese2, Archana Kokani*3
1Head of Department, 2Assistant Professor; Department of community health nursing, Sumandeep College of Nursing, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
3M.Sc. Nursing Student, Sumandeep College of Nursing, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Assisted body mechanics is used to describe the movement we make each day during normal activities, including lying in bed, sitting, standing, lifting, pulling, pushing and walking. Body mechanics can be both good and bad and can have direct effects on back. Good body mechanics will help remedy and prevent future back problem, while bad body mechanics contribute to back problem and other muscle and bone problems. Nursing is a job that needs a lot of bending our back, arms and legs and pushing, pulling patients, because of which many nurses are at risk for developing physical strains and back injuries or even fractures. The main aim of the study was to assess the knowledge and practice of internship students regarding assisted body mechanics to reduce the musculoskeletal disorders with a view to develop safety guideline on manual handling technique. A descriptive approach was used to collect data from 100 internship nursing students using self administered knowledge questionnaire and practice checklist at Sumandeep Nursing College. The study result shows that 85% of internship students had average knowledge regarding assisted body mechanics, 84 % were practicing good body mechanics technique, 14% had fair practice, and 2% had poor practice of body mechanics.
Key words: Knowledge, Practice, Body mechanics.