Executive Health Administration

Healthcare Risk Management: Worker's Compensation

[fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA

iStock_000083747791_Large.jpgHospitals are hazardous places to work according to OSHA's latest report. In 2011, hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses. This is a rate of 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees, almost twice the rate for private industry as a whole.  Risk management becomes a primary concern for health administrators under these conditions.

Healthcare workers are exposed to myriad dangers including pathogens, biohazards, compressed gasses, unruly patients, sharp implements, machinery, and heavy loads. For these reasons, and more, it's important that employers have strong risk assessment, mitigation, and management strategies in place. Both for patient and employee safety.

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According to the article, Frontline Hospital Workers and the Worker Safety/Patient Safety Nexus, there are a number of things healthcare leaders can do to improve person safety at their facility.

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Worker's compensation is just one of many risk management issues facing healthcare facilities. Other issues will be explored in future posts. 

 

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Topics: Risk Management, Worker's Compensation

Anna Montgomery, MPA

Written by Anna Montgomery, MPA

Anna Montgomery earned her MPA at USC Price and is pursuing her EdD at USC Rossier.

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