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World Hepatitis Day calls attention to serious health threat for employees

July 26, 2013 - Posted by Langdon Dement

On July 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark the World Hepatitis Day to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, employees

NIOSH Director John Howard to present UL webinar on infectious disease, prevention and control

July 01, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A recent blog post by my colleague Jonathan Jacobi about the appropriate use of humor in workplace safety training has me thinking about the application of humor in other situations, such as personal health crises, natural disasters and global pandemics.

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Topics: training, occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, hospital, risk management, employees

Home healthcare industry loses $684 million to employee injuries

May 14, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Home healthcare employee health and safety at a glance:

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, OHS, hospital, workers' compensation, bloodborne pathogens, OSHA DART rate, OSHA recordkeeping

Employee injury/illness rates in nursing and residential care 3X national average

May 02, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Nursing and Residential Care Employee Health and Safety at a Glance

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping

Overcoming fears about EMR impeding patient care

February 19, 2013 - Posted by Allen Underwood

“That it will ever come into general use, notwithstanding its value, is extremely doubtful; because its beneficial application requires much time and gives a good bit of trouble both to the patient and the practitioner; because its hue and character are foreign and opposed to all our habits and associations.”

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Topics: occupational health, hospital

Lost-time employee injuries cost healthcare billions

January 14, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides healthcare (NAICS 62) into three sectors: Ambulatory Health (NAICS 621); Hospitals (NAICS 622); and Nursing and Residential Care (NAICS 623).

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, OSHA DART rate, absenteeism, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping

Occupational medicine in a primary care world

December 11, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Bill Newkirk

The looming physician shortage, coupled with expanded health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, an aging population and other pressures on the U.S. healthcare system are driving some occupational medicine providers to reposition themselves to take on primary care.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, hospital, employees, workplace wellness

Building a work culture of success in occupational health clinics

October 29, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

“The most detrimental thing the leaders of an occupational health service can do is fail to create a culture of success.”

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, healthcare, hospital

Rhode Island healthcare workers given choice: flu shots or masks

October 25, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Rhode Island may be diminutive geographically speaking, but it is mighty when it comes to trying to protect healthcare workers and patients from the flu.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, hospital, employees, workplace wellness, workplace

Healthcare worker, have you had your Flu shot?

September 25, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Fall flu vaccination campaigns are already in full swing in communities and at workplaces around the country.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, hospital, absenteeism, employees, workplace wellness