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The March cover story by IISE Managing Editor Michael Hughes took flight with readers, the University of Tennessee's IISE student chapter made its mark during the Mid-Atlantic region conference and attendees at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference and the 20th annual Applied Ergonomics Conference shared their experience on Twitter. 

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Gulfstream program offers a lot to emulate

ISE magazine March issueI received the March issue and have read the Ergo-at- Gulfstream cover story. Not to cast aspersions on other people's articles (in ISE or elsewhere), but I greatly enjoyed this one for its lively and engaging style as well as its information content. Also, the photos and photo captions fit with and enlighten the text – unlike so many articles that just have some stock photos tossed in.

Readers whose work involves ergonomics should find a lot to emulate from the Gulfstream examples.

Richard J. Schonberger
Independent researcher/author/speaker
Bellevue, Washington

Great ergo article – minus one fixable problem

"An Ergonomics Metamorphosis at Gulfstream" in the March ISE is an excellent article and very well-presented. I laud Gulfstream for making the project a viable one and interesting for the workers.

I did note one problem. On Page 29, the photograph has an ergonomic danger problem in it. The technician is pressing down on the rounded handle of the tool, which is designed to fit into his hand. This is so that the down force will go straight into the insert. However, the rounded handle directly in the palm is a problem. After numerous insertions, the tendons that run through that part of the hand will suffer irritation and damage.

I have seen this before on an assembly line that built intravenous pumps and the disposable cassettes that went with that system. The cassette had a sanoprene valve inserted exactly that way. The operator had a rounded tool that fit into the palm of her hand. She inserted more than 400 of these valves daily.

Engineering was warned that this might be a problem but did not react. The end result was that the operator ended up with severe tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. The operator lost the use of her hand and neverheld employment again. As far as I know, she is still on disability.

Something this simple can be very costly, but it is also very simple to correct the problem. A tool that contains a compressed air cylinder to push the insert in would do the trick. The ergonomic danger is eliminated.

Robert McClure
Robert McClure & Associates
San Marcos, California

The Tennessee rock

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As part of the run-up to the [IISE Mid-Atlantic region] conference this past weekend, the UT IISE students painted "The Rock." They also did a great job with the conference.

John Kobza
ISE professor and department head
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee

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SHS @SHSinfo

Amanda Mewborn @amandame1101
Society for Health Systems Board at the Healthcare Systems
Process Improvement Conference #SHS2017

"Society for Health Systems Board at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference #SHS2017 @SHSinfo – at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando"

Abdullah Rajoub @Abd_rajoub
Great keynote presentation by @JulieMoretz sharing her son's story to create a patient and family centered care #SHS2017 @SHSinfo
"Great keynote presentation by @JulieMoretz sharing her son's story to create a patient and family centered care #SHS2017 @SHSinfo"

ExecMSinHealth @ExecMSinHealth
We had a terrific time at @SHSinfo #SHS2017 – can't wait until next year! http://on.fb.me/1s1k9mz #health #Bing- Pride

"We had a terrific time at @SHSinfo #SHS2017 – can't wait until next year! http://on.fb.me/1s1k9mz #health #Bing- Pride"

GOErgo @GOErgoIISE

Monica Matlis @mvmatlis
20th anniversary of #AEC2017 reconnected ERGO experts and friends. @ThinkERGO @GOErgoIISE @Axendia

"20th anniversary of #AEC2017 reconnected ERGO experts and friends. @ThinkERGO @GOErgoIISE @Axendia"

Nancy Laurie @neddy727
"Without data all you have is a person with an opinion. Nancy Larson keynote speaker #AEC2017"

Johnine Mowatt @ThinkERGO
"It's been 20 years ... can't believe I was at the very 1st! #AEC2017 #AECergo"

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