Sonography Then and Now: Ergonomic Risks and Changes for Sonographers
October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
ULTRASOUND SOLUTIONS CORP. is pleased to welcome back CAROLYN COFFIN, MPH, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, in collaboration with MICHAEL McELROY from Canon Medical Systems, for a comprehensive discussion on the evolution of perils and challenges to Sonographers.
This free 1-hour event can help you fulfill your Lab’s IAC requirement for 1 CME credit specifically addressing the topic of “Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD)”.
Ultrasound has undergone many changes over the decades during which it has been used as a medical imaging modality. Ultrasound systems have become smaller and more adjustable. Exam room tables and chairs have gone from fixed heights to having a range of height adjustability and patient-access features. New and different types of exams have been developed. All these changes have led to different types of injury risks for Sonographers.
As ultrasound departments expand and more exam types evolve, staffing has also become an issue. Recruiting and retaining qualified Sonographers is an ongoing challenge and ultrasound educational programs struggle to keep up with the demand.
This presentation will look at the overall evolution of ultrasound, injury risks, and the staffing challenges we face today.
Course Objectives:Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:
Describe how ultrasound systems have evolved since the 1960s
List some of the newer types of exams Sonographers are being asked to perform now
Discuss the types of injuries that have been addressed over the past 60 years
Outline some causes for staffing shortages
About Our Speakers:
Carolyn Coffin, MPH, RDMS, RDCS, RVT has worked in the field of ultrasound since 1987. She has been the Program Coordinator for diagnostic medical sonography programs, as well as a Clinical Sonographer. Carolyn has performed exams in and taught a number of ultrasound specialty areas. Her professional activities include service on boards of directors and various committees for an ultrasound professional organization, the editorial board of a professional journal, and as a site visitor for an educational program accreditation organization. She retired from the Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound at Seattle University in 2018 and continues as both the CEO and an Ergonomics Consultant at Sound Ergonomics.
Her interest in occupational injuries among sonographers developed through her work with Joan Baker and was the focus of her research while working on a Master’s Degree in Public Health.
Carolyn has lectured on occupational injury at local and national professional society meetings, has provided hands-on tutorials, has created educational videos for Sonographers, and has developed other ergonomic products for allied health.
Michael McElroy is a Cardiac Sonographer by training and has been in the Ultrasound industry for many years. While in the field and working with thousands of Sonographers over the years, Mike encountered many people scanning in pain and many that had to leave daily scanning. When he joined Canon Medical Systems, he learned about the new ergonomics of their Ultrasound equipment, then educated himself on ultrasound ergonomics and pioneered the Healthy Sonographer program. He has been speaking across the country on the topic and trained the Canon applications team – together, they have educated thousands of Sonographers in the process.
This activity has been approved for 1.0 SDMS CME credit.
The CME participant roster will be reported by Ultrasound Solutions Corp. to the
SDMS CME Tracker System.
Important update from the SDMS:
SDMS no longer allows its CME providers to issue Partial Credit for attendance. If you join late or leave early, the SDMS will no longer permit us to award partial pro-rated credit.
Therefore, from now on, in order to receive CME credit, you must be in attendance for the ENTIRE event via your own unique Zoom link that Zoom emailed to you when you registered. Then, and only then, will USC be able to award you any credit. So, please be prompt and attentive to the time schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience, but again, this is a new SDMS policy we must abide by. Thank you for understanding.