The Epidemic of Health Care Worker Injury

An Epidemiology

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Hardback: 9780849333828
pub: 1998-12-09
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About the Book

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
  • Table of Contents

    An Epidemic of Healthcare Worker Injury, Wi. Charney

    Health Hazards in Nursing and Healthcare: An Overview, B. Rogers

    The Epidemiology of Sharps Injuries, J.E. Cone, K. Hagadone, and A. Boyd

    The Epidemic of Back Injuries in Healthcare Workers in the United States, B.D. Owen

    Occupational Exposure to Tuberculosis, OSHA

    Hepatitis C in Healthcare Workers, J. Rosenberg

    Epidemiology of Latex Allergy, G.W. Weinert

    Violence in Washington Workplaces, 1992-1995 (with an Introduction by J. Lipscomb: Violence in the Workplace: A Growing Crisis among Healthcare Workers), M. Foley, B. Silverstein, and J. Kalat

    Caring Till It Hurts, SEIU

    The Occupational Hazards of Home Healthcare, E. Askari and B. DeBaun

    Appendix A: Findings of Minnesota Nurses Association Research Project on Occupational Injury/Illness in Minnesota between 1990-1994

    Appendix B: Hospital Injury Data Charts

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    MEDICAL / Epidemiology
    SCIENCE / Environmental Science
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety