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					Musculoskeletal Injury In
     Sonography
How Common / Serious is MSI?
   MSI accounts for 60% of all job-related
    injuries (Dept. of Labor)
   650,000 develop work related injuries a
    year
   Costs businesses $20 billion per year
   Average compensation $29,000 per injury
    (National Council on Compensation
    Insurance)
          Ultrasound Statistics
   8 out of every 10 Sonographers are
    scanning in pain.
   1 out of 5 are involved in a career ending
    injury.
   28.2% of Sonographers’ careers have
    been affected by MSI (SBS, 10,000
    responses)
     Safe Working Environment

   Patient Scheduling
   Height Adjustable
    Stretchers,
   Chairs and Cushions
   Breaks that are
    Required by Law
    Tasks that cause symptoms:
   Applying transducer
    pressure
       obese patient population
        may require up to 40 lbs.
        of pressure to be applied
       peripheral venous studies
        require pressure to be
        applied to the extremity
   Gripping the transducer
       a tight grip is not
        necessary
       narrow transducers cause
        pinch grip
    Tasks that cause symptoms:
   Shoulder abduction
       result of exam table height
        too high, chair too low
       shoulder should not be
        abducted more than 30
        degrees
   Overuse
       too many patients
       not enough breaks
       too much on-call
    Tasks that cause symptoms:
   Repetitive twisting of
    neck/trunk
       viewing the monitor
       poor postural
        alignment
       keyboard access
    Tasks that cause symptoms:
   Repetitive movement
       inappropriate patient
        scheduling
       lack of exam variety
       Lack of breaks for
        muscle recovery
   Bedside exams
       pushing the equipment
       setting up the room
       overreaching
Tasks that
cause symptoms:

   Uncomfortable
    positioning of limbs      December 2000      GE Customers




   Hyperextension or
    flexion of hand and
    wrist, especially in
    cardiac and obstetrical
    exams

                                    March 2001     Australia P to P visit
      Sonography Study Results- Pain & Discomfort

       Neck


   Shoulder

      Wrist


 Lower back


Hand/fingers


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Middle back
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                                                                                                       What Aggravates the Pain
      What is the Sonographer’s
            Responsibility

   Familiarize themselves with behaviors that
    place them at risk
   Take the time to adjust the equipment
   Follow an exercise program
   Communicate work site problems so that
    corrective measures can be taken.
        For more information


   Visit : www.soundergonomics.com

				
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