QOD 79: Nerve Damage From Continuous Vibration (Musculoskeletal/Health Promotion and Maintenance)

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Question:

A 61-year-old patient is being treated in the care clinic. The patient has been a school bus driver for 40 years and is asking the nurse about work-related injuries. Which symptoms would most likely develop in a person who works in conditions in which continuous vibration are present?

Answer:

C.  Numbness in the fingers

Rationale: 

Continuous vibration may be part of a work environment for some people who work with machinery or who drive large tractors or busses. Continuous vibration can cause damage to the joints and nerves over time. The patient would most likely experience numbness in the hands and fingers, loss of the feeling of touch, and poor grip.

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