Lifting and Task Performance Capacity for Army Medical Department Advanced Individual Training Medics.
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of physical lifting capacity PLC for male and female Army 91B10 medics and to assess the load requirements for three field medical tasks. A sample of 786 soldiers 494 men, 292 women from three training companies were measured on a box lifting test at loads of 70, 80, and 90 lb. Virtually all medics within the PLC limits of 80-90 lb. 8 males, 71 females successfully accomplished the casualty survey and evacuation tasks. Results indicated that the three 91B10 medical tasks should be reclassified as moderately heavy vs. heavy under the physical demands occupational coding system. Author
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