Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2020)
Incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in staff nurses in tertiary care hospital
Author(s): Dr. Aafica Mulla, Dr. Ronald Prabhakar
Abstract: Background: Nursing work is one of the most jeopardizing work in Health Care Sector as they are exposed to numerous Occupational Risk factors contributing for illness and sick leaves, further leading to the occurrence of losses and burdens for Nurses. Materials and Methods: The Study included both Male and Female Staff Nurses, Auxillary Nurses and Midwives willing to participate and aged between 25-50 years. Study excluded the subjects not willing to participate and undergone Recent surgeries, any Infectious conditions, neurological, cardiovascular conditions. The Study was conducted in Tertiary Care Hospital, Miraj. An Observational study was developed to identify the WRMSDs among nurses that worked in Tertiary Care Hospitals in Miraj. Nurses were given the Standardized Nordic Pain Questionnaire. Findings: A sample(n=150), It was found that the incidence of WRMSDs was 94.7%. Upper/Lower Back pain (50%) was most commonly involved followed by neck pain (28%), Knee Pain (22.7%), shoulder pain (16.7%). Staff Nurses having having risk factors <30 years (100%) which was higher than staff nurses between 31-40 years (96.2%) followed by staff nurses between 41-50 years (80.6%). Conclusion: The study concluded with the Age not being the criteria for WRMSDs in staff nurses in Tertiary Care Hospitals.