#Ultrasound is a highly #hazardous occupation according to the risk factors listed on the occupational health and safety administration’s #OSHA website for musculoskeletal disorders. Unfortunately, the disconnection that we have in the field of sonography,, aiding in the increased incidences of work related musculoskeletal disorders, is that there are not adequate or up-to-date resources available that accurately depict the job duties and responsibilities of a diagnostic medical sonographer. Not only are we missing the resources to properly educate on this troublesome topic, but we’re also missing resources that facilitate being able to do the job without the extreme accelerated degeneration of the soft tissues that make up the shoulder girdle and the dynamic stabilizers that help to ensure stability of the most flexible joint in the human body.
Soft tissue in recovery is all about ensuring that employees embrace their responsibility for safety in the workplace by ensuring all steps of a successful diagnostic medical ultrasound examination are followed. There are 5 steps to successful case completion and the last step is the most important step, and the most ignored step, when it comes to the safety and wellness of the health care provider performing ultrasound examination and the patient receiving care. Those steps are:
doing a thorough patient history review prior to the examination
acquiring diagnostic quality medical images that will accurately reflect the patience current medical status
Thorough and complete impression reporting for the ordering physician
Performing thorough and complete infection control practices
And lastly but absolutely not least is soft tissue recovery time
Considering the current clinical practice and expectations in the field of sonography, many times it is it is only the first 4 steps that are being completed during a case with truly the employer only allowing time for the second and third which appear to be their priorities which do not reflect the full scope have responsibilities for a credentialed diagnostic sonographer. This is aiding in increased instances of work related musculoskeletal disorders and workforce burnout that has been highlighted and exacerbated since the declaration of a public health crisis where sonographers are absolutely unable to social distance during their work in any way shape or form. The risk of injury in sonography is so high that 90% of the workforce report to be scanning in symptomatic pain and many others are leaving the bedside entirely for simply being physically unable to perform their job duties anymore. Industry leaders in safety and sonography have not done their due diligence in recent years to promote and facilitate safety in sonography, which is why #UltrasafeUltrasounds exists.
We are here to bridge the gap between safety and sonography to ensure safety in sonography is not only prioritized but embrace as the solution to solving the $120 Billion problem hazardous work and the hazard is field without resources available to minimize and dare I say even eliminate the high risk of injury in the field of ultrasound. Want to learn more about how you can safety in the workplace and be empowered to #minimizerisk and #maximizeproductivity?
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