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Occupational Health

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

Asking the tough questions: spinal fusion in workers’ compensation patients

October 10, 2011 - Posted by Dr. Bill Newkirk

Trang Nguyen MD, PhD and her colleagues from the University of Cincinnati, using their own money to avoid funding bias, conducted an important study to determine whether lumbar fusion was a useful treatment for workers’ compensation patients with herniated or degenerating lumbar discs. Since the FDA approved the use of interbody cages in 1996, the rates of lumbar fusion surgery have increased dramatically. With an average cost per procedure of greater than $60,000, physicians and hospitals have a strong economic incentive to perform the procedure.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, return to work, employee health, workers' compensation, employees