The vast majority of healthcare injuries are preventable. Learn more about our mission statement along with why we believe personal commitment is key.
As healthcare workers, we all face a wide range of hazards on the job, including blood and body fluid exposures, needlesticks, slips and falls, musculoskeletal injuries related to lifting and repositioning patients, and even workplace violence.
While healthcare remains the largest and fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing approximately 17 million workers, virtually everyone in the industry is susceptible to hazards on the job, including nurses, physicians, therapists, and many other dedicated professionals. These injuries occur every single day of the year… in hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, out-patient surgery centers, birthing centers, trauma centers, home healthcare, and countless other medical venues around the globe. Our mission is to help reduce the number and severity of those injuries.
Reducing injuries not only helps workers, but also can improve patient care and the bottom line. Are you considering developing or refining a comprehensive safe patient handling program to protect workers and patients? Having the right data, evidence, examples, and tools can help ensure success.
Minnesota Hospital Association.
The Minnesota Hospital Association has created this useful checklist of suggested requirements necessary to ensure establishment and sustainability of safe patient handling programs in healthcare facilities.
Journal of Emergency Nursing
Nurses are too commonly exposed to workplace violence. Read how hospitals can enhance programs for training and incident reporting, particularly for nurses at higher risk of exposure… such as when caring for patients with dementia or Alzheimer disease, patients with drug-seeking behavior, or drug- or alcohol-influenced patients.
Hospitals & Health Networks
Between 700,000 and 1 million patients suffer a fall in U.S. hospitals each year, with between 30 and 51 percent of falls resulting in an injury. Also important — since 2008, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services do not pay hospitals for the extra care associated with an inpatient fall and the trauma associated with it.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
The Ontario Hospital Association has estimated that after an injury in workplace situations from a needle contaminated with hepatitis B virus, there is a 6 to 30% chance that an exposed person will be infected. In a similar situation with HIV, there is about a 0.3% chance of infection, and there is about a 2% chance of infection for hepatitis C.