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Slip, trip, and fall prevention for healthcare workers.

Authors
Bell-J; Collins-JW; Dalsey-E; Sublet-V
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2011-123, 2010 Dec; :1-41
NIOSHTIC No.
20038120
Abstract
Work-related slip, trip, and fall incidents can frequently result in serious disabling injuries that impact a healthcare employee's ability to do his or her job, often resulting in lost workdays, reduced productivity, expensive worker compensation claims, and diminished ability to care for patients. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [2009], the incidence rate of lost-workday injuries from slips, trips, and falls (STFs) on the same level in hospitals was 38.2 per 10,000 employees, which was 90% greater than the average rate for all other private industries combined (20.1 per 10,000 employees). STFs as a whole are the second most common cause of lost-workday injuries in hospitals. An analysis of workers' compensation injury claims from acute-care hospitals [Bell et al. 2008] showed that the lower extremities (knees, ankles, feet) were the body parts most commonly injured after STFs and the nature of injury was most often sprains, strains, dislocations and tears. In addition, STFs were significantly more likely to result in fractures and multiple injuries than were other types of injuries.
Keywords
Occupational-accidents; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Nurses; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Disabled-workers; Lost-work-days; Fall-protection; Health-care; Extremities; Body-regions; Accident-rates; Accident-analysis; Surveillance
Publication Date
20101201
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-103913
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2011-123
NIOSH Division
DSR; R2P
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; CO; GA
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