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Workplace Injury Risks That Are Common in the Medical Field

Workplace Injury Risks That Are Common in the Medical Field
Posted By: Dixie Somers on August 16, 2023

The medical field is a rewarding profession that helps people stay healthy and recover from illnesses. However, with the good comes the bad, and one of the downsides of working in the medical field is the risk of workplace injuries. Healthcare employees face a higher chance of injury than people working in other professions. It is essential to know the risks and how to prevent them to keep yourself and your colleagues safe. This blog post will discuss the most common workplace injury risks in the medical field.

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Musculoskeletal injuries are common among healthcare workers who perform tasks that involve lifting, transferring, and repositioning patients. These injuries can cause severe chronic pain that may lead to disability. To prevent musculoskeletal injuries, it is essential to use proper lifting techniques, ask for help when lifting heavy patients, and avoid awkward postures.

Needlestick Injuries

Needlestick injuries are a severe risk for healthcare workers. They occur when a needle or other sharp object pierces the skin. This can lead to exposure to blood-borne diseases like Hepatitis B, C, and HIV. It is essential to use protective equipment like gloves and masks while handling sharp objects to reduce this risk.

Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries

Hospitals and other medical facilities can be hazardous work environments. Slip, trip, and fall injuries are common and can result in severe injuries like head and back injuries. To prevent these injuries, it is essential to wear slip-resistant shoes, use handrails on stairs, and keep hallways, patient rooms, and other areas free of clutter.

Radiation Exposure

Medical workers who work with radiation are at risk of radiation exposure, which can cause long-term health problems like cancer. It is essential to follow safety protocols while handling radiation and wearing protective gear like lead aprons to prevent radiation exposure.

Working in the medical field can be rewarding, but it is essential to be aware of the risks that come with the job. The most common workplace injury risks in the medical field include musculoskeletal injuries, needlestick injuries, slip, trip and fall injuries, ****, and radiation exposure. Prevention is the key to staying safe. Proper training, following safety protocols, using protective gear, and creating a safe working environment can help reduce the risk of workplace injuries. If you do suffer an injury in the medical field, contact a personal injury lawyer, like those at Cartee & Lloyd Attorneys At Law, to help protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Stay vigilant and stay safe!
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