Sonographer’s Shoulder – An Ergonomics Issue for Healthcare Workers

Healthcare ErgonomicsHealthcare Ergonomics July 31, 2013

The National Institutes of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) conducted an investigation at a hospital antenatal unit where most of the Sonographers complained of neck, shoulder, and arm pain while performing Ultrasound.  The investigation consisted of interviews and video footage.

NIOSH’s findings indicated awkward posture of the shoulder (abduction and flexion), sustained static forces and pinch grip while manipulating the transducer, and non-neutral wrist postures.  Recommended controls included changes to the equipment positioning and adjustment, work practice controls that included decreasing static postures and pinch force, changes in scheduling and implementation of training.

Click here to download a copy of the publication from the Center for Disease Control’s website.

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