Workers in many diagnostic testing centers – including ultrasound, X-ray, interventional radiology, endoscopy, and MRI – face physical challenges on the job that can lead to musculoskeletal discomfort and injury. These problems arise from moving heavy equipment, wearing heavy lead aprons, positioning patients, prolonged awkward postures, applying force, as well as slip, trip and fall hazards. P.S. Associates has provided successful interventions that significantly reduced employees’ exposures to these risk factors, while maintaining high standards of quality and efficiency.
These projects have included evaluation and selection of optimal equipment and furniture, improvement of test set-up and exam room layout, staffing and job rotation assessment, and safe patient handling program development.
Click below to read about research on evaluating and controlling the risks of musculoskeletal discomfort and injury in diagnostic test areas.
- “An analysis of occupational factors related to shoulder discomfort in diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists”
- “Work-related repetitive strain injuries amongst practitioners of obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound worldwide”
- “Work-related musculoskeletal complaints in sonologists”
- “The incidence of upper extremity injuries in endoscopy nurses”
- “Morbidity among X-ray technologists”