Position paper: MSD prevention for the paramedic sector


Armstrong, D., Su-Wen Yap, B., & Fischer, S.L.

Key messages

  • View Guidance Note #10: MSD Prevention for a list of MSD prevention strategies proposed by the Ontario EMS Section 21 Sub-committee.
  • Powered stretcher and load systems can cost-effectively reduce MSD.
  • Paramedic input, support and feedback will facilitate adoption of MSD prevention related strategies.  

Implications for the prevention of MSD

  • Power stretcher and load systems have been shown to decreased stretcher related MSD incidents by 70-78%.
  • Power stretcher implementation cost can be recovered within the expected 7-year service life of the product.
  • Many strategies are available to reduce and prevent MSD in the paramedic sector.
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