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    Dear colleagues,

    Can anyone supply with a list of references on biomechanical analyses of
    patient handling techniques and any regulations, policies, safety warnings
    or guidance notes that have resulted from such research. I am particularly
    interested in the biomechanics of the top and tail technique for lifting
    patients out of armchairs.

    This is what I have found so far;

    * W. Marras, K. Davis, B. Kirking and P. Bertsche, (1999), "A
    comprehensive analysis of low back disorder risk and spinal loading during
    the transferring and repositioning of patients using different techniques.",
    Ergonomics 1999 Jul;42(7):904-26.


    * W. Elford, L. Straker and G. Strauss, (2000), "Patient handling with
    and without slings: an analysis of the risk of injury to the lumbar spine",
    Applied Ergonomics, 31, pages 185-200.

    * NSW Health Department Circular 97/35 dated 4 April 1997, on pages 39
    to 40.
    internet;
    http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/fcsd/rmc/cib/circulars/1997/cir97-35.pdf


    Regards,

    David McFarlane
    Ergonomist, Health and Community Services Team.
    WorkCover Authority of New South Wales
    Level 5, 400 Kent Street, Sydney 2000,
    Australia

    E-mail: david.mcfarlane@workcover.nsw.gov.au

    Telephone 61 (02) 9370 5195
    Fax 61 (02) 9370 5970

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