This presentation goes over ergonomics and its importance in ultrasound. I also discuss common musculoskeletal injuries and how they can be avoided.
April 22, 2023
Ergonomics In Ultrasound – Tommy Fries
- Kaitlyn Curtis
- April 22, 2023
- Thomas Fries
- diagnostic medical sonography, DMS, sonography, Ultrasound
April 23, 2023 — 10:27 pm
Great job with your presentation on ergonomics. This is such an important topic. As we all learned in the first semester of this program, ergonomics is super important. It would be a shame for us to spend all this time and money to pursue our dream job just to have it taken away due to something that we can prevent with a little awareness. I like that you included a picture of a hospital bed with stirrups on it. I can tell you from experience that doing a pelvic exam without stirrups can be painful. It is noticeable within minutes of starting the exam. You did a great job bring awareness to musculoskeletal injuries. Great job!
April 29, 2023 — 4:02 pm
Ergonomics is a very important part of Ultrasound. However, it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Ultrasound techs can be so focused on getting good diagnostic images that they forget to pay attention their own bodies. The pain may be something that slowly creeps up over weeks or months of poor posture. This is a great reminder to stay focused and create good ergonomic habits from the very beginning so that it becomes a natural part of one’s routine. In clinicals I am still constantly being told “Relax your shoulder”. Thank you again for the reminder. Great presentation, Tommy.
April 30, 2023 — 9:49 pm
Ergonomics is one of the most important things to learn for ultrasound in my opinion! I personally have noticed the affect on my body if I stand with my entire body weight on one leg, lean too far across the bed, apply pressure with the transducer for a long period of time, or if I try to hold my elbow up instead of gently resting my wrist/arm on the patient. Sometimes it can be hard to have good ergonomics if we’re pre or post scanning a tech that has their room/machine set up to their preferences and we just try to finish scanning instead of readjusting a bunch of things while the patient is lying there waiting, but we have to remind ourselves how important it is to take those few minutes so we don’t cause long-term damage to our bodies. The tips and tricks for good ergonomics as techs are so useful. Great presentation!