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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in ultrasound: Can you reduce risk?

Harrison, G. and Harris, A. (2015). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in ultrasound: Can you reduce risk?. Ultrasound, 23(4), pp. 224-230. doi: 10.1177/1742271X15593575

Abstract

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are a common cause of pain and sickness absence for ultrasound practitioners. This article aims to provide background information about factors increasing the chance of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders and potential ways to reduce risk. Factors influencing ultrasound professionals’ likelihood of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders include poor posture, repetitive movements, transducer pressure and poor grip, stress, workload, limited support or sense of control and other psychosocial factors. The impact of these risk factors on the health and well being of ultrasound practitioners can be reduced by following recommendations published by professional bodies and the Health and Safety Executive. Ultrasound practitioners should remember that optimising the examination should not be at the detriment of their health. Some hints and tips to reduce the chance of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders are provided.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2015
Publisher Keywords: Work-related musculoskeletal disorder; WRMSD; ergonomics; ultrasound; health and safety; risk reduction
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12188
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