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MBT'S - Are they suitable footwear from a health and safety point of view for nurses

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Paul Andreassen, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. Paul Andreassen

    Paul Andreassen Welcome New Poster


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    I am concerned that the inherent instability of the MBT makes them unsuitable and unsafe for those engaged in manual handling, particularly for nursing staff. In our local hospital many nurses are wearing them.
    Does anyone have any information on studies involving injuries caused through MBT'S or other information.
    I just can't see how they would not be hasardous eg slipping on shiny often wet floors, or trying to balance in them whilst also supporting a patient.
    Has anyone tried running down a fire escape in them?

    Paul
     
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  3. DaVinci

    DaVinci Well-Known Member

    They should be banned in the workplace for OH & S reasons - they will make you more fatigued as the day goes on and the inherent instability will put you at more risk of accidents.
     
  4. mfeenstra

    mfeenstra Member

    MBTs

    We have encountered knee problems with MBTs. My concern though is that they are being recommended by prominent people in the field of rhuematology and musculo-skeletal medicine. They are getting results. Personnaly I find them very unstable BUT before we condem something we should have some concrete evidence not anecdotal criticism otherwise we are usng snake oil practices.
     
  5. urczar

    urczar Welcome New Poster

    MBT...a personal view

    Being a male sloucher with chronic low back discomfort, I reluctantly tried a (not inexpensive) pair. They are very strange to wear for the first week, but that is the point....to force you to stand upright or you WILL feel unstable. Once you adjust to them, you rarely want to be out of them. I even use them for jog/walking. Hardly scientific evidence, but I would agree that they should not used in the work place but only at home until one is comfortable in their gait.
     
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