Physical Requirements

Physical Requirements
Internship Shift: 8-hour shift
Breaks: Two 15-minute rest breaks and 30-minute meal break

 

Essential Duties and Tasks:

1. Ability to sit, stand, neck/waist bend, or squat to perform a variety of patient care activities.

2. Ability to walk between hospital departments while transporting a patient on a bed, 610', applying 30-40 lbs. of force to initiate the motion.

3. Ability to lift or apply a lifting force of 50 lbs. from the floor to a 34" high gurney in order to assist with patient mobility, repositioning, transfers, and fall recovery.

 

Walking:

To move the entire body for some distance using a heel to toe gait. = walks constantly in order to transport a patient, process images, move between patient exams, and to move or transport equipment to perform a procedure at bedside on a nursing unit = Walking during one episode is require, estimate 5 minutes.

 

Standing:

To maintain the entire body in an erect posture with minimal change in position. = stands frequently in order to work in the radiographic or fluoroscopic suite or while imaging a patient in surgery. The lead apron can weigh up to 25 lbs. during fluoroscopic examinations, time varies = Standing during one episode may be 1-4 hours

 

Squatting:

Flexing forward at the hips/waist with maximum flexion at the knees. = squats occasionally in order to reach supplies and assist with patient fall recovery

Climbing:

To ascend or descent ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, etc. using feet, legs, and/or hands and arms. Only required in the event an elevator is unavailable.

Kneeling

Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees. = kneels occasionally (4-5x/year) in order to perform CPR on a table. Kneeling during one episode is required for 15-20 minutes

 

Frequency for the neck and waist is few seconds, intermittently

Bending or twisting (neck):


= bends the neck occasionally in order to chart, assist with positioning a patient, assist with positioning an x-ray machine. = twists the neck frequently in order to perform radiographic procedures, view patients while setting up controls, and respond to patients

 

Bending or twisting (waist):


= bends the waist occasionally in order to assist with a lateral transfer of a patient between a gurney or bed and a procedure table. = twists the waist frequently in order to perform radiographic procedures, view patients while setting up controls

 

Repetitive hand use:

= performs repetitive hand use frequently in order to sustain a grasp on a gurney and IV pole while transporting a patient, sustain a grasp on the activator bar on the portable x-ray machine, push buttons to expose images. Repetitive hand use during one episode is required for Grasp may be sustained for 1-5 minutes at a time while transporting the portable x-ray machine

 

Pushing/Pulling:

Exerting force upon an object so that the object moves away (pushing) from the force or towards (pulling) the force. = pushes/pulls frequently in order to assist with a lateral transfer of a patient, reposition a patient, move and transport equipment, position the tube crane

 

A student may be required to move the portable equipment 10-12 x/shift or the C-arm 0-6 x/shift. The portable x-ray equipment is motorized. A C-arm monitor requires 40-lbs. of force to initiate motion and 15-20-lbs. of force to sustain motion on linoleum. The monitor cart is 68" tall x 28" wide with horizontal handles at 36½" high. A C-arm requires 30-lbs. of force to initiate motion and 15-lbs. of force to sustain motion on linoleum. The horizontal handles are used for steering and are 34" high requiring that the employee forward bend; grasp the handles firmly, while pushing the equipment.
 

The tube crane requires 12-15 lbs. of force to pull it horizontally to the body and is moved using both hands with the arms extended over the head. On the average, the crane is pulled 150 times/shift. It can be moved from a few inches to the length of the exam table.
 

Reaching (above shoulder, elbow is above shoulder level):

To extend the hand and arm so that the elbow is above shoulder level. = reaches above the shoulder occasionally in order to reach supplies and position the tube crane. The crane can be positioned from 15-74" from the floor. The tube crane can be moved about 150 times per shift at a variety of heights depending on the studies.

Lifting:

To raise or lower an object from one level to another (includes upward pulling): providing assistance to a patient while applying 50 lbs. of lifting force. For instance assisting a patient off the floor up onto a gurney at 34" high or lowering a patient to the floor Object is lifted from floor to gurney (34" high)

 

Carrying:

To hold and transport an object in the hands or on the arms, shoulders or back while walking. Five cassettes and grid cap, 30 lbs.

 

Senses:


Near Vision 20 inches or less = For charting, computer, set up x-ray equipment, and to function in a radiographic imaging environment
 

Hearing Sensitivity = Communicate with visitors, MDs and staffs, use the telephone, differentiate alarms and tones on equipment
 

Feeling= Adequate for fine manipulation


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