Few people outside of the healthcare industry would ever realise the injuries that some of our leading surgeons sustain in the performance of their role.
For decades, interventionalists and their team have relied on heavy lead aprons to protect themselves from radiation. Aprons only offer partial protection, and over time, their weight takes a physical toll, causing everything from fatigue to serious, career-shortening injuries.
In 2017, the Society of Interventional Radiology: Occupational Back and Neck Pain and the Interventional Radiologist reported that 70 percent of their sample of Interventional Cardiologists experience lower back pain, 40 percent experience neck pain and 42 percent experience both. They concluded that the high prevalence of neck and back pain among interventional radiologists is likely the result of a combination of the chronic effect of wearing protective garments, standing for long periods of time, and maintaining awkward, ergonomically unsound positions.
The resultant repetitive stress injuries may be disabling. Interventionalists should be aware of this occupational hazard and embrace actions that reduce the risk, including careful design and planning of the interventional suite, attention to monitor and table position and use of shielding systems that reduce or eliminate the need for protective garments.
Fortunately, Rampart is ending the decades old practice of wearing lead aprons and enabling interventionalists to carry on undertaking their lifesaving procedures.
Fortunately, for the interventionalists, we’re seeing progressive facilities considering the Rampart technology solution to enable them to ‘shed the lead’.
Given the compelling reasons to do so, we’re hoping that more hospitals and medical facilities will make the change to improve the safety and quality of life for people going about the daily execution of their roles.
To learn more about this revolutionary technology, contact the Wilhelm Team here.