Ergonomics – 07 Jun 2024

Healthcare ergonomics: a game-changer for patient and staff wellbeing

Discover how healthcare ergonomics can boost patient comfort and staff wellbeing. Learn to implement ergonomic furniture in your clinic for better outcomes.
buro bambach stool at dentist

Ergonomics is vital in any workplace setting, none more so than in the healthcare space. 

In healthcare facilities, ergonomic furniture can enhance the wellbeing of patients and staff, leading to better outcomes and more effective treatment.

Ergonomically designed furniture creates a safer, more comfortable environment, putting patients at ease and enabling staff to do their best work.

In this article, we’ll explore why ergonomics is so important, how to implement ergonomics in a healthcare clinic, and top design considerations for health facilities.


The benefits of healthcare ergonomics

Benefits for patients

Ergonomic furniture enhances patient comfort and safety, improving their chances of recovery. Ergonomic features such as adjustable beds and padded chairs are crucial for patients on the mend, providing support and taking strain off the body. 

Small ergonomic features can make a world of difference for patients and their visitors. Deep padding and contoured moulded foam, as featured on the Buro Bella, Buro Sovereign, and Buro Sorrento offer much-needed luxury in a medical setting. The thick foam reduces stress on pressure points, and creates comforting back support. While anti-microbial upholstery helps to keep a medical facility more hygienic, due to easy cleaning. 

Quality furniture can improve pain management, reduce stress on the body, and promote patient wellbeing. Ergonomic recovery room beds and chairs can all improve the odds of rehabilitation and reduce the likelihood of readmission.

Benefits for healthcare staff

Ergonomic furniture can prevent healthcare staff from picking up musculoskeletal injuries at work.

Working in a healthcare facility often involves repetitive movements and awkward posture, and ergonomic furniture can keep your people comfortable and injury-free. 

Ergonomic office equipment can also make a huge difference to a clinician’s working day. Ergonomic desk chairs with lumbar support and adjustable features can further lower the risk of repetitive strain injuries.

Ergonomic support can ensure busy doctors, nurses, and dentists don’t also end up on the treatment table, maximising productivity and work attendance at your facility.

buro bambach saddle seat with and without back in dental clinic

Benefits for healthcare providers

Investing in ergonomic furniture contributes to a more positive healthcare experience, building overall trust and confidence in your facility. Patient satisfaction will be higher, boosting your facility’s reputation. 


How to implement ergonomic furniture in your clinic

Here’s how to make your healthcare facility more ergonomic in three simple steps:

1. Conduct an assessment 

Complete a facility-wide assessment of the risks associated with the tasks performed by your staff, and the risks facing patients using your furniture. 

Identify potential hazards that could lead to musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive strain injuries, aches and pains. Assess patient chairs and the seating in waiting areas and treatment rooms.

Conducting an assessment can manage occupational and ergonomic risks in the workplace and ensure you’re well-positioned to buy the right furniture.


2. Buy the ergonomic equipment and furniture

Adjustable chairs, tables, seating, and beds can all optimise the healthcare experience for patients and staff. Look for ergonomic options and furniture that will enhance recovery times and reduce fatigue and injuries among your staff.


3. Train staff 

Healthcare staff should have regular training about the importance of ergonomics at work. Training should show healthcare professionals how to use their furniture and workstations correctly.


buro concord chairs in waiting area

Considerations when designing your healthcare facility 

Ergonomics is just one factor when designing an effective healthcare facility. Here are some design tips to help you make your facility more inviting for patients and staff: 

Embrace versatility 

Studies show medical professionals value the ability to adapt to patient needs. Modifiable, adjustable furniture enables healthcare staff to keep patients as comfortable as possible. 

Incorporate modular elements in offices and examination rooms to make the most out of your space and create an agile working environment. 

Modifiable furniture and equipment can also be used to make patient and family rooms more comfortable for visitors, making long stays more manageable 


Experiment with light and colour 

Healthcare facilities can be daunting, sterile places, and not exactly welcoming. Overcome this by using light and colour to your advantage.

Harness natural light over artificial lights, and use warmer light bulbs to create ambiance. Introduce more colour with custom upholstered furniture, wallpaper, or painted feature walls.


Use natural elements

Use design touches to make your healthcare setting feel more like a natural environment. Off-white tones, olive greens, wood finishings, natural textures, and indoor plants make patient rooms and waiting rooms feel less intimidating.


Ergonomic seating for healthcare settings

Healthcare facilities are high-demand workplaces, so picking the right furniture is crucial.

From reception seating to medical chairs, Buro offers a wide range of ergonomic seating for healthcare settings.

The Buro Concord is our hard-wearing utility chair, perfect for waiting rooms and meeting areas. With enhanced comfort cushioned foam, this large-seated chair is easy to clean and can be customised with Dillon Anti-Microbial PU upholstery.

two buro concord large waiting room chairs
konfurb hady waiting room chair

The Konfurb Hady is a stylish, comfortable chair for reception rooms and waiting areas, popular in healthcare and aged care settings. The Hady can be customised to match your healthcare fitout.

 Ergonomic stools for healthcare professionals

Do your clinicians hop on and off chairs all day?

Our Buro Polo drafting stool may be a perfect choice. This height-adjustable stool is ideal for doctors, dentists, and physios who need to get up regularly and attend to patients. It promotes active sitting, keeping the core muscles engaged and the mind alert.

buro polo drafting stool in dentist clinic
buro bambach saddle seat stool in dentist

The Bambach Saddle stool, modelled on a horse saddle, is designed for healthcare professionals with posture problems. Providing ultimate ergonomic support, it’s a perfect seat for swivelling, changing position, and engaging with patients. Choose either with a back rest or without. 

The Buro Posturite stool is another of our height-adjustable ergonomic stools. Featuring an easy-clean vinyl seat and adjustable seat tilt, the Posturite is used across healthcare, laboratory, and personal services workplaces.

buro posturite stool dentist



Ready to embrace healthcare ergonomics?
Check out our complete range of chairs and stools for patient rooms, meeting rooms, and reception areas.


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