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J Ultrasound Med. 2013 Aug;32(8):1363-75. doi: 10.7863/ultra.32.8.1363.

The importance of an ergonomic workstation to practicing sonographers.

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Bellevue Community College, Kirkland, WA 98034 USA.


Musculoskeletal disorders have been described in a number of professions over the years. They are defined as injuries that are caused by or aggravated by workplace activities, and they account for up to 60% of all workplace illnesses. They are known by different names, such as musculoskeletal disorder, repetitive strain injury, cumulative trauma disorder, and repetitive motion injury. Musculoskeletal disorders have only been identified in sonographers since 1997 but are increasing in incidence. Surveys done among American and Canadian sonographers in 1997 showed an 84% incidence; however, this incidence had increased to 90% by 2008. Understanding the importance of optimal body mechanics and how to maintain neutral postures will enable sonographers to reduce the risk factors associated with their profession. Even with the most advanced equipment, an ergonomic workstation is only as effective as the person using it.


bedside studies; best practices; ergonomics; sonography; work-related musculoskeletal disorders; workstation

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