Algorithm as aid to improve seating

Someone else has been looking for information about making or modifying seating and furniture for older people. I tracked down this article, but it is unavailable to non-subscribers.

There is a need for a procedure or instructions for producing (or purchasing, High Seat Chairs – UK Furniture for the elderly) safe furniture. [see earlier, ES&H Avoid dangerous furniture design principles and here, furniture [ES&H]] I once located a little software program ** which could calculate ergonomical designs for lifting, sitting, etc. But that isn’t sufficient or clear enough for the ordinary consumer or handyperson to use.

We could use up-to-date, cross-cultural anthropometric research, too.

If anyone finds a good resource, let us know, please.

Using an algorithm as an aid to improve seating for older people. Hawkey B, Marsh N., Prof Nurse. 2003 Aug;18(12):699-703

Institute of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Brighton.

Older people recovering from an illness or operation can spend long periods sitting in a chair. Because they may be frail and have reduced mobility their vulnerability to pressure damage may be increased. Staff in one trust undertook an audit of nurse knowledge and practice in finding suitable seating for such patients and developed an algorithm as a teaching aid.

Another paper someone else might be able to get—
The seating dilemma in aged care Nitz JC
Aust J Physiother 2000;46(1):53-58 (ISSN: 0004-9514)

Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, 4072, Australia. nitz AT physio DOT therapies DOT

Choosing the most appropriate easy chair for elderly clients is often difficult. The demands that need to be fulfilled by the chair chosen need to be identified and considered in order of priority. Benefits of good seating are identified, as are consequences of poor seating. Some guidelines are provided for choosing specific chair characteristics. There is discussion of the thought provoking points raised.

Language: English, MEDLINE Indexing Date: 200100, Publication Type: JOURNAL ARTICLE, PreMedline Identifier: 0011676790

ES&H ErgoEASER Software

ErgoEASER Software Available to Analyze and Solve Ergonomic Hazards
Ergonomics Education, Awareness, System Evaluation and Recording, ErgoEASER, is a software package that has been developed to aid in identifying, evaluating, and preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Evaluating video-display terminal (VDT) workstations and lifting task design, ErgoEASER offers suggestions on how to address ergonomic hazards and reduce worker disabilities. The Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and other agencies combined efforts to develop this innovative software.

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1 Response to “Algorithm as aid to improve seating”

  1. 1 vuee 2006 August 2 at 5:21 pm

    By the way, for anyone who writes papers, blogs, or whatever that include an abstract —Please, read this first!

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