As a Healthcare Professional, you serve a noble and irreplaceable role in our nation’s healthcare system. However, sometimes the job demands that you put your own health at risk to help their patients. As a result, there is a high rate of on-the-job injuries. Some of the injuries healthcare professionals routinely encounter while working include:
1. BACK INJURIES
Lifting patients and transferring them to another bed or chair is a regular job duty for healthcare professionals. If not done properly, this function can lead to back injuries from a single event or over time. This is especially true as the number of obese patients continues to increase, mirroring nationwide trends. Healthcare professionals can minimize this risk by using ceiling lifts and other mechanical lifting devices whenever possible.
2. CUTS & INFECTIONS
Healthcare professionals routinely encounter sharp objects such as needles and scalpels. As a result, there is a high risk of cuts and other injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nurses alone suffer over 385,000 injuries from sharp objects each year. As you’re well aware, aside from causing injuries, used needles can spread diseases that are transmitted by blood, such as HIV or hepatitis.
In addition to needle pricks, healthcare professionals can also acquire infections from the vomit, urine, semen and other bodily fluids they regularly encounter on the job. Failing to regularly wash hands or wear gloves and protective clothing increases this risk significantly.
Since healthcare professionals regularly come in contact with patients with weakened immune systems, they run a high risk of developing a Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection. Unlike other types of infections, a MRSA infection does not typically respond to antibiotics and can eventually spread throughout the body. Frequent hand washing and wearing of gloves and protective gear can lessen the risk of transmission.
4. WORKPLACE ASSAULTS
From time-to-time, healthcare professionals can also be at risk of violence in the workplace. This is especially true when working with patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s, who may become aggressive and bite, scratch, push, punch or throw objects at healthcare professionals.
INJURED? PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!
If you’re injured or develop an illness because of your job, it is important to understand that you have the right to be compensated for medical bills, lost wages and other losses under the workers’ compensation laws of Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, your employer (or workers’ compensation insurer) may attempt to save money by unfairly denying your workers’ compensation claim.
As a former Workers Comp Judge, Katherine L. Niven can explain your rights to you and work on your behalf to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to by law. She’s knowledgable about the injuries associated with a job in the healthcare industry and is eager to get to work for you.
You take care of everyone else all day long. Complete the form on this page and let Katherine take care of YOU.