The Epidemic of Health Care Worker Injury: An Epidemiology

1st Edition

William Charney, Guy Fragala

CRC Press
Published December 9, 1998
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9780849333828 - CAT# 3382

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Summary

Traditionally, health care worker injury exposure data is analyzed one category at a time, which tends to isolate the researcher from a more global perspective of an industry-wide analysis. The Epidemic of Health Care Worker Injury: An Epidemiology provides an industry-wide analysis that facilitates a wide-angle view of the dangers of working in health care, by focusing on the major categories of health care worker injury:
  • needlesticks, the most prevalent risk
  • back injury, the most expensive risk
  • violence and assault-health care workers account for more than half of all assaulted service workers
  • infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis C
  • latex allergy, which now affects almost 10% of health-care workers
  • managed care and its profound effect on the injury rates through downsizing, deskilling, and increased acuity
  • injuries to different populations of health care workers
  • home health care injury rates
  • long-term care injuries, which have doubled in the last decade
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