Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD) Grand Challenge

Each day, millions of patients worldwide undergo diagnostic medical ultrasound examinations. Now, imagine caring for these patients while you are in pain. For many sonographers, physicians, and other medical professionals performing ultrasound examinations, pain from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) is a reality that limits their ability to live productive lives.

Research proves that ultrasound is a safe and effective method to diagnose numerous medical conditions in men, women, children, infants, and fetuses. Sonographers, physicians, and other medical professionals performing ultrasound examinations suffer from WRMSDs at an alarming rate. It is critical to stop the rapidly growing incidences of WRMSDs in ultrasound professionals for the ongoing health and well-being of both medical professionals and the patients they serve.

A pioneering alliance of leading ultrasound organizations is seeking partners to join in this grand challenge to stop WRMSDs resulting from the performance of diagnostic medical ultrasound.

What is Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder (WRMSD)

WRMSD are preventing sonographers, physicians, and other medical professionals from providing critical care to millions of patients each day as well as limiting the careers and personal lives of these highly skilled clinicians. WRMSD cost employers $120 billion each year in direct and indirect costs.

Alternatively, WRMSDs are putting a strain on America’s health care system, limiting the careers of highly skilled clinicians, preventing them from leading productive lives and costing employers $120 billion each year in direct and indirect costs. Immediate action is needed to stop WRMSD.

Steps to Stop WRMSD

  • The alliance has compiled an appendix of more than 70 research articles on WRMSD.
  • Need to identify additional areas of research.
  • Update existing research with current figures.
  • Leverage existing resources (Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography [SDMS] safety alert document, WRMSD white paper, etc.) and identify additional data/resources that address the economic impact of WRMSD.
  • Identify stakeholders that will respond to the financial side of the WRMSD issue and compile/find/quantify relevant information.

Achievements and Initiatives

  • 1st WRMSD Grand Challenge Design Summit- Sept 2019
    The 2019 Design Summit was a day long work program where progressive thinking professionals met to evaluate and improve the impact, metrics, coordination, funding, and communication necessary to deal with the WRMSD problem.
  • 2020 WRMSD Grand Challenge Virtual Solution Hack-a-Thon
    The WRMSD Grand Challenge Virtual Solution Hack-a-thon consisted of four student teams comprised of students from multiple educational disciplines that competed to present a solution to eliminate WRMSD’s once and for all.

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  • Development of a longitudinal study documenting COVID-19 and the impact on WRMSDs
  • Development of the 2nd WRMSD Grand Challenge Design Summit (date to be announced)

The WRMSD Grand Challenge Alliance of Organizations:

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Inteleos

American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)

Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)