Ergonomics key to occupational health and productivity

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Published on February 19, 2014

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Ergonomics is a vital, yet overlooked feature of the dental unit, which has two main aims. Firstly the patient chair must provide a comfortable and secure position for the patient, especially during long procedures. Secondly the chair backrest and armrest design must provide a comfortable and fatigue-free working position for the operator.

ADVERTORIAL NEWS & EVENTS COVER STORY YOUR BUSINESS PRODUCT GUIDE YOUR LIFE Ergonomic product guide Ergonomics key to occupational health and productivity E rgonomics is a vital, yet overlooked feature of the dental unit, which has two main aims. Firstly, the patient chair must provide a comfortable and secure position for the patient, especially during long procedures. Secondly, the chair backrest and armrest design must provide a comfortable and fatigue-free working position for the operator. In the past, many dental chairs featured thick padded backrests. While this appeared comfortable, it was a compromise and put the dental operator in a poor work position, causing fatigue and occupational health risks. 32 Pressure mapped backrest design Thankfully, A-dec has come up with a far better method of patient chair design, achieved by pressure-point mapping the backrest to come up with the ideal design that suits both the patient and the dentist. The A-dec 300, A-dec 500 and new A-dec 400 chairs use this design approach to provide an ultra-thin flexible backrest inspired by the shape of an aircraft wing. The backrest supports the patient in supreme comfort while giving unrivalled access for the dental team. This is because the flexible thin shape allows the operators to tuck up their knees under the backrest so they can work with the patient’s head low down in their lap and the operator’s arms in a comfortable position. This allows a more upright working posture which means dentists do not have to crane their neck over the patient to view the oral cavity. Choice of delivery systems A-dec which was at the very forefront of sit-down dentistry almost 50 years ago, has also pioneered the industry’s most flexible delivery systems designed to fit the way dentists work – not vice-versa. This includes traditional and ‘Con- Above: the flexibility of the back rest on A-dec chairs allows for a better working position for dentists. Below: The A-dec LED operatory light. tinental’ style over-the-patient delivery systems with flexible pivot arm designs to locate the instruments in the ideal position, and wall or bench-mounted delivery systems which tuck away when not in use. Having the delivery system remotely mounted provides superior access to the oral cavity and provides the option of a ‘bare’ chair. This is especially suited to specialties where dynamic instruments are not always required, such as orthodontists, hygienists or paediatric dentists who may not want the handpieces in the field of view of the patient. A-dec’s latest chairs have clever fold-away arm-rest designs which provide unobstructed access to the side of the patient, with the new A-dec 400 design possessing increased load bearing capacities to aid access and egress from the patient chair. Not surprisingly, this sturdy, ergonomic design has seen A-dec dental units become the favourite choice of dentists worldwide, in both public and private practice, including in bariatric clinics. A-dec compliments its dental units with a range of ergonomic options for the entire dental team. This includes easy-to-reach assistant’s instrumenta- tion and suction, and A-dec’s unique round articulating work surface that puts materials, consumables and hand instruments and suction within easy reach of the dentist and assistant. The other key component in the dental surgery is the operatory light. The new A-dec LED operatory light also features a very fluid head positioning system and 540 degree angle of horizontal rotation, which enables the light to be positioned perfectly to enhance the already wide field of view for optimum illumination of the treatment area. Visit www.a-dec.com.au for more information or phone A-dec on 1800 225 010 for details of your nearest A-dec representative.

Comfort for you, too. The difference is in the details. The A-dec 500 chair is engineered for better dentistry. The pressure-mapped upholstery comforts the patient, while the thin graceful backrest optimizes ergonomics and brings you in close. Lasting innovation. True comfort. For you and your patient. Visit a-dec.com/thedifference to find out how every detail behind an A-dec solution furthers the health of your practice. Chairs Delivery Systems Lights Monitor Mounts Cabinets Handpieces Maintenance Sterilisation Imaging For more information Email: a-dec@a-dec.com.au Phone: 1800 225 010 Visit: www.a-dec.com.au Follow us on Twitter: @A_decAust © 2014 A-dec Inc. All rights reserved. AA858_INK2142-04

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