Hospitals have high rates of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses. More than 50 percent of injuries and illnesses reported in 2013 among nursing assistants were musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). On average, U.S. hospitals recorded 6.4 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees in 2013. This is compared with 3.3 per 100 full-time employees for all U.S. industries combined. In 2013, 34 percent of recorded hospital worker injuries nationwide that resulted in days away from work were associated with patient interactions.
This course will take an in-depth look at the risks of patient handling in the medical field, as well as the potential hazards and solutions to protect those working in this field. We will also discuss other hazards, such as radiation exposure and latex allergies. This course will also look at employee training and education to protect workers from several risks in the healthcare setting.
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1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014a). Safe Patient Handling. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthcarefacilities/safepatienthandling.html
2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014b). OSHA Nursing ETool. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/nursinghome/index.html
3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014c). OSHA Safe Patient Handling ETool. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/ergo/ergo.html#residenthandlingprogram
4. Association of Occupational Health Professionals (2011). Beyond Getting Started. Retrieved from: http://www.aohp.org/aohp/Portals/0/Documents/AboutAOHP/BGS_Summer2011.pdf