Weekly poll: Injury and illness rates in healthcare

By: October 24th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

In commenting on the latest report on report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis noted that workplace injury and illness rate in private sector healthcare was too high, 5.2 cases for every 100 equivalent full-time workers, compared to the national average of 3.5 cases. Do you think the workplace injury and illness rate in healthcare will ever approach the national average rate? Take our OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

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By Kay Newcombe on October 27th, 2011 at 7:52 am

Wtih tight budgets and policies restricting staff to the limited number of times they can miss work due to illness or injury before they risk losing their jobs, the incidents of illness and injury will not improve and may worsen. There’s a delicate balance between budgets and organizational tolerance for missed time,over-time, or flexing up to cover complex care patients.

By Bruce Cunha on October 27th, 2011 at 9:00 am

When I entered the Health Care Safety profession 19 years ago, I was taken back in how far behind healthcare was in their safety efforts when compared to general industry.

While strides have been made, healthcare still is behind on their safety efforts. Few facilities are implementing the proven safety processes that large industry has. My observation of this includes that there is an attitude that healthcare work is relatively safe as compared to other industries (it is not, and has actually more hazards than most industries). There is also a lacking of a safety culture where professionally trained and certified safety personnel have the authority and the ability to implement the needed changes.

Healthcare is back to the old industry days of having to be pushed into safety. Problem is, if they don’t get it together, the government is going to force it.

By Alice Freund on October 31st, 2011 at 12:58 pm

The biggest chunk of injuries and workers comp costs is from patient trransfer injuries. Until there is a safe patient handling law and good enforcement, the rtes will not drop.


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