Ergonomic evaluation of antenatal ultrasound testing procedures.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Jul; 15(7):521-528
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.
Ergonomics; Ultrasound; Health care facilities; Health care personnel; Medical care; Medical examinations; Occupational health; Back injuries; Neck injuries; Arm injuries; Musculoskeletal system disorders
NIOSH, Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene