Hospital workers are dedicated professionals committed to the care and well-being of their patients. However, their work environment is filled with unique risks and challenges, such as long shifts to the emotional toll of patient care, but there are other hazards that are particularly dangerous.
Physical injuries are a significant concern, impacting the workers’ health and their ability to provide care. Understanding and addressing these risks is crucial for the safety and well-being of hospital staff.
Sticks from sharps
One of the most prevalent risks for hospital workers is injury from sharps like needles and scalpels. These sharps injuries can occur while administering injections, collecting blood samples or assisting in surgeries. The biggest concern with these injuries is the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens, which can lead to severe infections like HIV or Hepatitis B and C.
Slip and falls
Hospitals are prone to spills from medical substances, water or cleaning fluids. These spills can lead to slip-and-fall accidents, causing a range of injuries from minor bruises to more serious ones like fractures or head trauma. Ensuring that spills are promptly cleaned, and warning signs are placed can help mitigate this risk.
Injuries from lifting patients
Lifting and moving patients is an integral part of hospital work, but it also poses a significant risk of injury. Hospital workers often suffer from musculoskeletal injuries, such as strains and sprains, particularly in the back and shoulders. These injuries can be reduced by using proper lifting techniques and using assistive equipment like hoists or slide boards.
Hospitals must also enforce safety protocols and provide the necessary tools and support to minimize these hazards, ensuring a safer workplace for their dedicated staff. Injured workers should get immediate medical care and file a workers’ compensation claim to cover the expenses related to the on-the-job injury.