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4 common healthcare worker injuries

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | workers' compensation, Workplace Accident, Workplace Injuries |

In the process of caring for the sick and injured, healthcare workers face a unique set of challenges and hazards in their daily routines. What challenges might lead to injuries and time away from work?

Musculoskeletal disorders

Due to the physical nature of their work, including lifting and transferring patients, health care workers are at a high risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). These can range from back injuries and herniated discs to shoulder strains and carpal tunnel syndrome. Healthcare workers spend time away from work due to MSDs at more than five times the average rate of workers in other industries.

Needlestick injuries

Accidental needle sticks can transmit bloodborne pathogens, posing serious health risks. Safe handling and disposal of sharps are critical, but even with the best practices, injuries can occur.

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Wet floors, hurried movements, and the nature of the medical environment can lead to slips, trips, and falls. These incidents can cause fractures, sprains, and other injuries that can be debilitating.

Workplace violence

Health care workers may also face injury from workplace violence. Patients or visitors who are agitated, under the influence of drugs, or suffering from mental health issues can become violent, posing a risk to those providing care. National Nurses United reports that around four out of five nurses experience violence on the job.

Thankfully, workers’ compensation can help healthcare professionals address these injuries and take time away from work to heal. For health care workers, understanding workers’ compensation is crucial for ensuring they receive the support they need when injured on the job.