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.
Recognizing the growing volume of injuries occurring in healthcare facilities each day, a new Web portal — NoInjuries.com — launches today, aimed at improving the personal safety of caregivers and patients.
For more than a decade, healthcare leaders have struggled with a difficult problem that has hampered their attempts to drive down patient handling injury rates among nurses and caregivers. Many facilities have invested heavily in what were believed to be the three essential requirements for safe patient handling success: 1) assistive equipment; 2) staff training; and 3) culture change, or programs to encourage the buy-in of nurses and caregiver staff.
Nurses as assault victims is not a rare case. When a nurse is injured by a patient, the nurse has legal recourse under criminal and civil law. The nurse has the right to press criminal charges when threatened or intentionally harmed by a patient.
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Health care workers are especially prone to slips, trips, and falls, but a comprehensive prevention program helped three hospitals reduce these workers' comp claims by 59 percent.
Staffing patterns and nurses working conditions are risk factors for healthcare-associated infections as well as occupational injuries and infections. Staffing shortages, especially of nurses, have been identified as one of the major factors expected to constrain hospitals ability to deal with future outbreaks of emerging infections. These problems are compounded by a global nursing shortage. Understanding and improving nurses working conditions can potentially decrease the incidence of many infectious diseases. Relevant research is reviewed, and policy options are discussed.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed an array of health care decision making and research tools that can be used by program managers, researchers , and others at the Federal, State and local levels. The Quality Indicators (QIs) are measures of health care quality that make use of readily available hospital inpatient administrative data.