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Friday, April 24, 2015

CDC REPORTS ON TRAUMATIC INJURIES OF WORKERS AT HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

FROM:   CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Occupational Traumatic Injuries Among Workers in Health Care Facilities — United States, 2012–2014

Injury prevention measures that reduce the risks associated with nurse and nurse assistant duties are urgently needed. Safety cultures that emphasize continuous improvement and support resources, such as routine use of lifting equipment and training, can protect health care personnel from disabling injuries. The Occupational Health Safety Network is a web-based portal that collects data about injuries among healthcare personnel at U.S. health care facilities to help target prevention efforts and measure their impact. This report states that between 2012 and 2014, the rates of patient handling and workplace violence injuries were highest among nurse assistants and nurses; rates of slips, trips, and falls were high for nursing jobs and for non-patient care staff. During the period, workplace violence injury rates increased for all job classifications and nearly doubled for nurse assistants and nurses