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Safe Scanning Practice


  1. RSI working in Vascular Ultrasound
  2. SVT Ambidextrous Scanning Recommendations

RSI working in Vascular Ultrasound

A pain in the neck, arm or wrist… 

Working in Vascular Ultrasound can be particularly hard on the body and in order to prevent injury as best we can, Clinical Vascular Scientists and Sonographers should ensure they stretch and strengthen their upper and lower bodies.  

 A regular strengthening program and stretching routine after each scanning day is key to preventing injury. 

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SVT Ambidextrous Scanning Recommendations

It is well documented that there are risks of developing work related upper limb disorders (WRULD) and Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD) including repetitive strain injury, from performing ultrasound scans. WRMSD disorders can include those relating to muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves and include back pain, neck or arm strains and diseases of the joints. The Health and Safety Executive reported that 470,000 workers in the UK suffer from WRMSD symptoms.  All parts of the Healthcare workforce can be affected by WRMSD, it is one of the most common reasons for sickness absence in the NHS.