Researchers contend that 20% of nurses experience depression symptoms (double the rate found in the general population) and 75% suffer varying levels of physical strain and pain at work, increasing the odds of medication errors and patient mishaps by 20%; at an estimated cost of $2 billion annually. Cognizant hospital administrators have started searching for answers to improve the health of their caregivers. Mary Greeley Medical Center, serving a 13 county region of central Iowa, opted to add an innovative health tool to improve the health and well being of their nursing staff: the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.
As reported on KCCI News 8 Seven TrekDesk Treadmill Desks were placed throughout the hospital to allow nurses and administrators the opportunity to workout while they work. Commenting on the necessity of movement to maintain health in the article was ISU professor of kinesiology Greg Welk, “The real message is minimizing the times spent sitting because it's really the sedimentary time that causes the health risks.”
“Providing a non-sedentary work environment for nurses is a critical component to improving the health within a profession often overworked and understaffed,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. “We commend the staff at Mary Greeley Medical Center for having the foresight to change an unhealthy, sedentary work environment as a step toward improving the long term health and productivity of their nursing staff.”