Monday, 18 July 2016

"I Know how to work on my laptop!"

“I know how to work on my laptop!”

In general, we are a lot of time in front of a computer, at home or in the job.
Most of us know that working on the computer with the wrong posture can result in pain, fatigue, and sometime even injuries. 
Here are some tips about properly setting up an ergonomic workstation:
  • Top of monitor level with eyes
  • Neutral head position
  • Elbows close to body at a 90º angle
  • Wrists in straight line with forearm
  • Support for natural back arch
  •  Hip angle 90º
  • Knee angle 90º

But sometime we forget all these tips in front of a laptop. We use it during a trip, on the sofa, on the bed, etc. And many computer users use laptops as an alternative to a desktop computer.

We have to know that:
a)  A laptop keyboard is joined to the screen and it is not positioned at eye level.
b) You have to place the screen too close to your eyes or stretch your arms to reach the keyboard if you away the laptop.
c) The incorporated mouse of the laptop forces you to rotate your wrists inward constantly.

You can avoid injuries with:
  • The use of a separated keyboard and mouse
  •  Raise the laptop on a stand, stack of books, etc
  • Work on a stable base (not on the sofa, on the bed, etc), bent legs can cut off circulation
  • Use back support and not have shoulder hunched



Adapt your space to use your laptop!




Elena Miguel Poza - Nurse, nursing coordinator & trainer - Enfermera coordinadora y profesora de enfermería - IMTRA Instituto Madrileño de Traumatologia (Madrid Spain)
Tel: (0034) 915545405 Email: elena@imtra.es Web site in English: http://www.imtra.eu Web site in Spanish: www.imtra.biz

Monday, 30 May 2016

Basic Course for scrub Nurses in Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery

12th Basic Course for scrub Nurses in Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery

The 12th Basic course for scrub Nurses in Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery organised by the Spanish Traumatology and Orthopaedic Nursing Association AEETO (Asociación Española de Enfermería en Traumatología y Ortopedia) has been in the Simulation and Training Centre of the Hospital Fundación Alcorcón (IDEhA).  The course was held from 18th to 20th May 2016.


This course was aimed at nurses that needed basic knowledge about techniques in Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery. Some of them are working in Emergency Operating Room, others have been in the Trauma OR for month and others have learnt techniques because some colleagues have told them but they want to know how to do it well and why it should be done that manner.

Elena Miguel (the educational coordinator of this course), together with a group of expert nurses, have managed to transmit extensive and adequate knowledge about:
  •         Osteosynthesis: different techniques
  •         Hip, Knee and Shoulder Prosthesis
  •        Arthroscopy
  •        Surgical Cement
  •        Back Surgery


It has been a theoretical-practical course. All participants were able to see, touch and in some cases, using real instruments doing some specific technique in plastic bone.

Elena Miguel hopes all students have learnt new knowledge and acquired new skills in this theoretical and practical course.







Elena Miguel Poza - Nurse, nursing coordinator & trainer - Enfermera coordinadora y profesora de enfermería - IMTRA Instituto Madrileño de Traumatologia (Madrid Spain)
Tel: (0034) 915545405 Email: elena@imtra.es Web site in English: http://www.imtra.eu Web site in Spanish: www.imtra.biz

Monday, 7 March 2016

The AOTrauma ORP Course 2016 has been very interesting. El curso AO Trauma para Personal de Quirófano ha sido muy interesante

The AOTrauma ORP Course 2016 has been very interesting.
El curso AO Trauma para Personal de Quirófano ha sido muy interesante


The AO Trauma Course – Basic Principles of Fracture Management for Operating Room Personnel (ORP) celebrated on 15-16 February 2016 in Melia Avenida de América Hotel (Madrid-Spain), has been highly valued by the participants. 

Five nurses composed the core group of faculties. During the course, surgeon faculties of surgeon AO Trauma course came   to ORP course helping with lectures, supporting in the workshops and participating in the discussion group without monopolizing the issues.
Faculties achieved a pleasant working environment transmitting unity and coordination. Elena Miguel and Paula Fernandez (chairpersons of this course) knew how to coordinate both students and teachers throughout the course.




At the end of this course, the participants agreed that the course had fully met their expectations:
  • ·      Their knowledge had increase with the lectures.
  • ·      During the practical exercises, they could improve their skills, performing the steps of several surgical techniques. They used real instruments and plastic bones to do the techniques.

  •    With the exchange of experiences and assessments made in the discussion groups, they have changed their attitudes in front of certain issues.




The results of the knowledge text, made the last day, showed us that we have managed to clarify and bring new knowledge to the participants.


Elena Miguel Poza Head of nursing in the IMTRA Incoma clinic in Madrid and specialised Traumatology and orthopaedic surgery nurse.




Elena Miguel Poza - Nurse, nursing coordinator & trainer - Enfermera coordinadora y profesora de enfermería - IMTRA Instituto Madrileño de Traumatologia (Madrid Spain)
Tel: (0034) 915545405 Email: elena@imtra.es Web site in English: http://www.imtra.eu Web site in Spanish: www.imtra.biz

Monday, 25 January 2016

Two Nurses will direct the AOTrauma ORP Course 2016 Dos enfermeras serán las directoras del curso AOTrauma para Personal de Quirófano 2016

Two Nurses will direct the AOTrauma ORP Course 2016
Dos enfermeras serán las directoras del curso AOTrauma para Personal de Quirófano 2016


This year, the AO Trauma Course – Basic Principles of Fracture Management for Operating Room Personnel (ORP) will be held on 15-16 February 2016 in Melia Avenida de América Hotel (Madrid-Spain). 

It will be the first time that an AOTrauma Spain course is directed only by nurses. The faculty group will be composed of nurses and surgeons; they will work together to get a broad vision of caring for patients with fractures.

The program for this course was reviewed and meets the criteria for the "AO Competency-Based Curriculum" stamp. The stamp shows our course participants and faculties that the course is a high-quality educational activity and part of a global curriculum. It indicates that the course content was developed in a careful planning process and approved by the AOTEC (AO Trauma Education Commission) based on an agreed framework of competencies and learning outcomes.


AO Trauma ORP Courses includes different activities:
  • ·      Lectures
  • ·      Practical Exercises
  • ·      Discussion groups


This course will provide several evidence-based lectures. In practical exercises, participants will be trained in the application of fixation techniques and familiarization with the instrumentation. And discussions in small groups help participants to understand the decision-making process in fracture management and the importance of appropriate nursing preparations.


Elena Miguel Poza Head of nursing in the IMTRA Incoma clinic in Madrid and specialised Traumatology and orthopaedic surgery nurse.



Elena Miguel Poza - Nurse, nursing coordinator & trainer - Enfermera coordinadora y profesora de enfermería - IMTRA Instituto Madrileño de Traumatologia (Madrid Spain)
Tel: (0034) 915545405 Email: elena@imtra.es Web site in English: http://www.imtra.eu Web site in Spanish: www.imtra.biz