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WorkWell Releases New Software for Predictable, Reliable Short FCE

WorkWell recently introduced its latest software version of Solutions FCE. Short FCE is available for instances when the full battery of FCE testing may not be required. Similar to FCE on the GO, the Short FCE documentation tool is compatible with all browsers and can be accessed from desktop and tablets alike.

Short FCE includes:

  • 3 test options – back/trunk/spine, upper extremity and lower extremity
  • Job Match Grid – enter job demand information and it will look at the FCE test results and determine if there is a match
  • Multiple free text fields for documenting the physical exam
  • Free text fields with Pick Comments for the summary report
  • Same usage fees as FCE on the GO

Short FCE isn’t appropriate for every client, but can be very helpful for job specific testing or during/at the end of the rehab process to help with case closure.

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Understanding and Measuring Push & Pull Forces

Moving an object requires force. Pushing and pulling forces are often misunderstood by employers, physicians, and even therapists. There are many types of force, including frictional force, tensional force, air resistance, gravitational force and applied forces.

Push/Pull force is complicated. Here are a few examples of how force is misunderstood. None of the following statements is true:

  • If a job requires 50# of push force you can determine whether applicants meet the job demand by putting 50# in a crate and having them push the box across a counter top
  • If you push a 300# patient in a wheelchair it requires 300# of push force.
  • The patient has a 20# restriction, so he cannot push a utility cart with more than 20# on it.

Safe Lifting Calculator Tools

Wondering how much weight a person can safely lift? The answer is, “it depends”. In addition to the load weight itself, other variables include distance, height and angle of the lift or carry.

Fortunately, there are some online tools that can assist in calculating this information in a consistent, organized manner. While clinical judgement must always prevail, these tools can be a helpful way to explore “what if” options for making changes to a lifting task. Documentation of outcomes and improvements can be supported by use of “before and after” measurements.

We have compiled this list of tools to make available to you as references. Use of these tools and preference for which tools you might use is left to your own professional judgement.

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