Using a muscle suit in nursing care to prevent caregivers' backache

Miwa Nakanishi, Masato Sakurai, Sakae Yamamoto

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Abstract

In recent years, patients and caregivers at nursing homes have expected the development of wearable robots that assist the muscles of their wearer hoping that such devices would address the physical difficulties experienced by caregivers and the psychological problems experienced by patients as a result of them. In this study, we use the muscle suit that is under development to experimentally examine its application not only to work that requires temporary use of large muscles (i.e., transfer assistance), but also to work that requires repetitive use of comparatively small muscles. Specifically, we focus on changing sheets, which is one of the tasks that often gives rise to complaints from workers of heavy physical loads, and we evaluate the capacity of the muscle suit to mitigate the difficulty of the task by ElectroMyoGraphy (EMG).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationErgonomics for All
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating PPCOE's 20 Years of Excellence - Selected Papers of the Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010
Pages515-520
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Event9th Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 2010 Nov 72010 Nov 10

Publication series

NameErgonomics for All: Celebrating PPCOE's 20 Years of Excellence - Selected Papers of the Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010

Other

Other9th Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityKaohsiung
Period10/11/710/11/10

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Keywords

  • Backache
  • EMG
  • Muscle suit
  • Nursing care
  • Wearable robots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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Nakanishi, M., Sakurai, M., & Yamamoto, S. (2011). Using a muscle suit in nursing care to prevent caregivers' backache. In Ergonomics for All: Celebrating PPCOE's 20 Years of Excellence - Selected Papers of the Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010 (pp. 515-520). (Ergonomics for All: Celebrating PPCOE's 20 Years of Excellence - Selected Papers of the Pan-Pacific Conference on Ergonomics, PPCOE 2010).