Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs)
Due to the increasing demand for ultrasound as a safe and cheaper modality, increased numbers of exams per Sonographer, Vascular Technologist and Echo Technologist on a daily basis, and increased portable exam orders, we have found that an increasing number of Sonographers and Vascular Technologists are scanning in pain.
Although making the decision to leave a career that we love is a difficult choice,we hear more and more of sonographers retiring early or changing careers due to work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs)
This is a career that we chose to enter due to our love of helping others and our commitment to others' well being. To continue to perform to the best of our ability and give the emotional and medical support that our patients deserve and rightfully demand, we also need to consider the well being of ourselves.
We feel, as medical professionals, that there needs to be more control over the number of patients that Sonographers and Vascular Technologists are expected to scan on a daily basis. Although we understand that this would not be a simple task of placing a number on a daily schedule, we also understand that unless this is addressed, the number of sonographers scanning in pain, retiring early and/or changing careers will continue to increase daily.
As one of our biggest governing bodies, that help and educate us throughout our careers, we hope that we can reach out to you, and try to work on this process together. As individuals we would not have the resources to have any real chance of success, but together, we would have a realistic opportunity to make a change to the many dedicated medical professionals in this field. Together we can take a step towards decreasing and limiting the amount of Work Related injuries that we, unfortunately, have come to accept.
We thrive in helping others, we love what we do, we get great satisfaction out of helping others stay healthy, we are just asking for the opportunity to continue in our chosen career in a healthy and stable environment.
Thank you for your time: Sonographers United