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KAISER PERMANENTE: PHYSICIANS, INTERIOR DESIGNERS AND OTHERS FORM ERGONOMIC SWAT TEAM TO ERADICATE CTD

 KAISER PERMANENTE: PHYSICIANS, INTERIOR DESIGNERS AND OTHERS FORM
 ERGONOMIC SWAT TEAM TO ERADICATE CTD
 OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- At more than 45 Kaiser Permanente medical facilities throughout Northern California, ergonomic SWAT teams are attacking CTD, the company said today.
 A growing plague in the American workplace and a potential threat to some 6,000 Kaiser Permanente employees who use computers each day, Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD) are often painful and disabling.
 CTD -- including pinched nerves, joint inflammation, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome -- are the result of overuse of a body part from constant repetitive motion. Once associated with factory assembly lines, CTD is now linked to daily use of personal computers.
 Arlene Johnson, a data input operator with Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research, is one of thousands of Bay Area residents who have experienced CTD first hand. When she suffered from numbness and tingling in her arm, the last thing she suspected was a pinched nerve in her neck -- at least not until her physical therapist recreated the shooting pain by tilting her head to the left.
 "Suddenly I realized that when I work at my computer I always look down and left at my documents, never straight ahead," said Johnson. "Holding my neck day after day in such an awkward position must have put too much pressure against a nerve."
 Arlene and other CTD sufferers are finding relief through ergonomics, the study of the relationship between people's well-being and their performance in relation to work tasks, equipment, and environment. Applying these principles at Kaiser Permanente are specialists who have formed ergonomic SWAT teams.
 These teams consist of optometrists, interior designers, physical therapists, industrial engineers, occupational therapists, safety officers, occupational medicine physicians, and facilities development specialists.
 The purpose of these teams is to provide training, identify problem work stations and employees at risk for CTD, then effect necessary changes, according to Douglas Benner, M.D., regional coordinator for Kaiser Permanente's occupational medicine program.
 Dr. Benner says that basic prevention training is beginning at many of Kaiser Permanente's 15 hospitals, 30 medical facilities, and its regional offices in Northern California.
 Such drastic measures weren't needed in past decades because yesterday's typists stopped working to get carbon paper and change typewriter ribbons, regularly interrupting repetitive key strokes to make frequent carriage returns.
 Dr. Benner's advice for reducing the risk of CTD:
 1. Avoid static and awkward postures.
 2. Take short, one-minute breaks every hour when typing. Stand up, stretch, shake your arms and hands, and stretch your fingers.
 3. Arrange your daily work schedule so you can alternate computer tasks and other assignments.
 4. Avoid screen glare from overhead lights
 5. Keep wrists straight when typing (if your skin wrinkles, your wrists are bent too far).
 6. Keep your feet flat on the floor and knees bent no more than 90 degrees.
 7. Keep materials within easy reach.
 8. If you are right-handed, keep your phone on your left (and vice versa) to avoid twisting your neck.
 9. Don't slouch.
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 /CONTACT: Beverly Hayon of Kaiser Permanente, 510-987-3290/ CO: Kaiser Permanente ST: California IN: HEA SU:


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