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The incidence and distribution of musculoskeletal disorders in final‐year Australian sonography students on clinical placement

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posted on 12.03.2020, 00:00 by D Bowles, Ann QuintonAnn Quinton
Introduction: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) are defined as injury or pain resulting from work and are common in qualified sonographers, affecting the shoulder, neck, wrist, and hands. Risk factors include poor ergonomics, work flow, inadequate breaks, and psychological stress. WRMSD carries a significant financial and emotional cost to industry. The incidence of WRMSD in Australian trainee sonographers is unknown. The aim of this research is to identify the incidence and distribution of WRMSD in trainee sonographers. Method: This is a prospective observational study. An anonymous online survey was distributed to final-year medical sonography students, and participation was voluntary and based on self-selection. Results: There were 35/86 respondents, a 40.7% response rate. The incidence of WRMSD was 97%. Age, body mass index, height, gender, time spent scanning/day, and number of scans performed/day were not found to be associated with the development of WRMSD. The scanning shoulder, wrist, neck, and back were most commonly affected. Conclusion: WRMSD incidence and distribution in Australian trainees are similar to that of qualified sonographers. It is therefore important to begin preventative measures early on in sonographer training to help minimise WRMSD developing.

History

Volume

6

Issue

4

Start Page

157

End Page

163

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

2054-6750

ISSN

2202-8323

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, Australia

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

28/08/2019

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Sonography