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Ergonomic evaluation of antenatal ultrasound testing procedures.

Authors
Habes-D; Baron-S
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Jul; 15(7):521-528
NIOSHTIC No.
20020685
Abstract
On February 1, 1999, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) from the safety manager of a university of medicine and dentistry. The request stated that ultrasound technologists at one of the university's antenatal testing units were experiencing neck, shoulder, and arm pain from performing transabdominal and transvaginal sonograms on pregnant women. March 9-11, 1999, NIOSH representatives conducted a site visit at the university hospital's antenatal unit. The site visit included an opening conference with management and union representatives, the videotaping of several ultrasound procedures, and the distribution of a musculoskeletal disorders symptom questionnaire/body map to the ultrasound technologists.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Ultrasound; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Medical-care; Medical-examinations; Occupational-health; Back-injuries; Neck-injuries; Arm-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Contact
NIOSH, Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
20000701
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Tharr-D
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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