Hospitals and Doctors Offices
Hospitals and Doctors Offices have a unique set of hazards associated with them. Medical equipment can be hazardous if not used properly and can cause injury, so it is important that you are fully aware of all the health and safety procedures related to them.
A few of the most common types of injury in a hospital or doctors office include:
- Slips, Trips or Falls
- Electric Shock
There are a few steps to take in order to keep everyone safe within a hospital or doctors office environment. These include:
- Making sure all equipment is fully maintained and checked regularly
- Ensuring all electric cables and other obstructions are tidied away in a safe place
- Clean up any broken glass or other hazardous materials as soon as possible
- Thoroughly clean all surfaces regularly to ensure cleanliness and reduce the chance of slips, trips or falls.
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Nurses, doctors and hospital staff can obtain many injuries whilst at work. These injuries can be caused by many things including overexertion, repetitive stress, patient handling activities, needle sticks, violence, slips and falls, and understaffing. The most common types of injury obtained by hospital staff are sprains and strains, slipped discs, infections and infectious diseases, broken bones and head injuries.
It is in fact clinically proven that healthcare workers are more likely to obtain musculoskeletal disorders in comparison to any other profession. This could be due to the long hours doctors and nurses are expected to work, and the pressure of which their occupation can put on them.
Patient handling activities such as transferring medical equipment can cause injuries such as strains and sprains, due to the awkward positioning of which this requires.
Healthcare workers consistently use needle sticks and sharp objects, which could potentially be carrying infections. If these medical instruments aren’t handled correctly, they could easily cause an injury such as cutting or puncturing your skin. Moreover, if these needle sticks are carrying infection or doses of a certain drug, this substance could then enter your body causing severe illness that could potentially be life threatening.
Health care workers are at a constant risk of being assaulted. The amount of stress and tension amongst people in hospitals, whether it’s patients, nurses or friends and family of patients, can build up and cause somebody to become violent, which in some cases, results in injury.
Hospitals contain many liquids and substances. If these substances are not handled correctly, and are spilled, a risk of a slip trip or fall is created, which can cause injuries such as fractures and broken bones.
Budget limitations and government cuts have resulted in many hospitals being understaffed. Understaffing can increase the risk of injury as staff are required to work faster, and under pressure to meet the demands of the patients.
If you have obtained an injury whilst at work due to any of the above circumstances, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This requires sufficient evidence that you yourself are not responsible for your injuries.