Dental Maxillofacial Radiographic Technicians at the AADMRT’s 34th Annual Fall Conference in October were treated to some ergonomic tips and tricks by Ergotron’s own Carrie Schmitz, Ergonomic Research (@Giveafig) and Wendy McCubbin, Workplace Wellness (@Workfitwendy).
Better than a grape sucker, their “Positioning Your Digital World” presentation offered hope to association members facing the struggle of dividing their attention between patients, imaging equipment and computers.
The presentation brought to light ergonomic and wellness concerns prevalent within the dental radiologist offices, but common to many lab technicians throughout healthcare.
Annette Nelson and Nancie Grabow, of Cranial Facial Imaging, first approached Ergotron in June 2012 to speak at the event, but also to explore sit-stand mounting options for their Minneapolis, MN, location. As a result, Ergotron has been conducting a case study with the lab, outfitting several technician work areas with sit-stand workstations.
The goal of the year-long study is to gather information about what comfort and productivity gains could be achieved by staff constrained by factors common in their field which the team was already experiencing.
Ergonomic research shows that an individual’s physical and emotional well-being is enhanced when environments are personally controllable and predictable. According to Wendy McCubbin, “Empowering technicians to make these choices for themselves can improve their outlook and patient interaction.”
Carrie Schmitz agrees, citing the opportunity sit-stand workstations allow technicians in “modifying their work posture from sit to stand at any point throughout the day and as their body demands.” The act of standing more has natural and inherent physical and mental benefits while reducing the health risks that researchers link to prolonged sitting.
Increasing the effectiveness of patient interaction and caregiver health at the same time? That IS something to smile about.