Healthy Sonographer Program was launched today by Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.  With up to 90 percent of clinical sonographers experiencing symptoms of work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs)1, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. the all-new program designed to help reduce the leading causes of pain and injury for sonographers so they can scan more comfortably. The Healthy Sonographer Program aims to educate sonographers about best practices to prevent positioning themselves in awkward postures – including reaching and twisting – which can result in injuries to the shoulders, neck and wrists and can be a detriment to patient engagement.

Canon Medical consulted with Sound Ergonomics to cultivate the new program, which includes:

  • Free education events – to instruct sonographers about the ideal positioning to help prevent long-term injuries, improve patient engagement and reduce costs to the provider that can arise when a sonographer is injured; CME credits can also be received upon completion
  • HealthySonographer.com – a resource website where sonographers can learn best practices from the experts by watching videos, reading published articles on the topic and learn stretches and exercises ideal for reducing sonographer injury.

Canon Medical’s AplioTM i-series, The Healthy Sonographer Platform™, including the AplioTM i600, AplioTM i700, AplioTMi800 and AplioTM i900, are the ideal ultrasound systems for a well-positioned sonographer. With Adaptive Ergonomics that include over 36 cm panel height adjustment, lateral slide and a fully articulating monitor arm, as well as the Remote Access Second Console, which allows you to remotely operate the system from a wireless tablet, sonographers can adjust the console to an optimal scanning position. The systems and the Healthy Sonographer Program/Movement will be presented at this year’s Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) annual meeting in Orlando, FL October 5, 2018 at the Sonographer Reception and at the Canon Medical booth – booth #425.

“Canon Medical understands that the vast majority of sonographers suffer from work related musculoskeletal disorders, and the associated costs to our partners are enormous. We developed the Healthy Sonographer Program with the needs of sonographers, patients and hospitals in mind,” said Dan Skyba, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. “We are proud to provide a program that guides not only sonographers, but all practitioners who scan, to position themselves more comfortably so they can potentially avoid pain and injury while also enhancing patient care.”


References

  1. Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders In Sonography; SDMS 2018. http://www.sdms.org/docs/default-source/Resources/work-related-musculoskeletal-disorders-in-sonography-white-paper.pdf?sfvrsn=8