The most important annual event in medical imaging has officially come and gone. The Radiology Society of North America's 99th
meeting was an ideal melding of the most up-to-date information and technology.
Throughout the show, we noticed that many don’t recognize the benefits of using ergonomic radiology furniture. As the radiology furniture industry leader, our experience has proven that investing in ergonomic furniture is incredibly beneficial. Here’s why:
Radiologists who work at an ergonomic workstation are more comfortable and naturally, have less pain. This means they can spend more time reading, which leads to higher productivity. There’s a slew of evidence
to support this: Blue Cross Blue Shield’s implementation of ergonomic workstations led to a 4.4% increase in productivity.
Ergonomic features (like privacy panels that reduce sound and shield visual distraction, or ambient light that helps to reduce eye strain) lead to better accuracy and less disturbance when reading, which ultimately results in a better patient experience.
Over and over again at RSNA, our booth team heard from radiologists who suffer from various work-related injuries affecting their neck, shoulders and back. These types of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can be easily avoided by using ergonomic furniture.
Look at the evidence: Intel reduced MSDs by 72% over a 4-year period after implementing an ergonomics program. Likewise, an ergonomics program at John Hopkins Hospital decreased MSDs by 80% over a 6-year period.
In short, when radiologists stay healthy, they take less time off and file fewer insurance claims: A win-win for both employee and employer.
Along the same lines, if a radiologist suffers fewer injuries over the course of his or her career, then they’ll have the ability to stay at their job longer. This is as much a good thing for the radiologist as it is for their employer: radiologists want to be able to work hard for the length of their career, and in turn, experienced radiologists are a boon to any hospital or institution.
Not only will ergonomic radiology furniture increase productivity and decrease injury, but it also helps to establish good will among employees and employer. One of our technical salespeople, Roger Hokanson, said it best: “Economics dictates to do the least amount that you can get away with. However, setting up a good ergonomic environment communicates that you care about your staff.”
A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at RSNA! We’re already excited about next year’s show. In the meantime, check out our line of luxurious radiology furniture by heading to www.anthro.com/radiology
. And as always, please give us a call at (800) 325-3841 if you have questions, concerns, or would like to hear more evidence as to why good ergonomics is a boon to radiology departments everywhere.