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SDMS RESPONDS TO MAJOR WORKFORCE ISSUE
Plano, Texas - May 15, 2003 - The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) hosted a Consensus Conference on Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD) in Sonography on May 13-14, 2003 in Dallas, Texas.
Joan P. Baker, MSR, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS, chaired this project to develop risk-reducing industry standards that serve to address the multifaceted problem of WRMSD in sonography. These industry standards address the role of employees, employers, educators, medical facilities, and equipment manufacturers in reducing the incidence/impact of these injuries on the workforce. These industry standards will also assist all stakeholders in making informed decisions. The final industry standards will be disseminated worldwide.
Ms. Baker noted, "that for the sonography community to benefit from these findings, accreditation and regulatory bodies will need to embrace these industry standards." Consensus Conference participants reviewed an extensive collection of literature related to WRMSD in sonography. They also heard presentations by international experts in the field including:
Grahame Brown, BSc, MRCGP, DipSportsMed, AFOM, FHGI, FFSEM Consultant in Musculoskeletal, Sports, and Exercise Medicine Specialist in Occupational and Psychological Medicine The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham, United Kingdom Val Gregory, MIR, AMS, M Mgt Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, Australia Daniel J. Habes, MSE, CPE Industrial Engineer Industrial Hygiene Section Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Cincinnati, Ohio Susan Murphey, BS, RDMS, RDCS Consultant for Sonographer Health Sound Ergonomics, LLC Kenmore, Washington
These industry standards are the result of the WRMSD Consensus Conference and are not a policy statement of any of the participating organizations/corporations.
Representatives of the following organizations/corporations participated in Consensus Conference:
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