This is a little known fact – Hospitals are among the most dangerous places to work as far as work injuries. Nurses are hurt on the job more often than almost all other professions. In fact, nurses are twice as likely to suffer a work in injury than the average private industry worker. Recent reports recorded 58,860 work-related injuries per year in hospitals that caused missed work time.
Nursing is a rewarding job, but very demanding physically and emotionally. Nursing assistants and orderlies are injured at nearly three times the rate as construction laborers. Back and arm injuries are most common, with nurses having more back and arm injuries than all but four other professions (according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data) including truckers and warehouse workers.
Lifting and carrying patients, and often at awkward angles, not surprisingly leads to many back injuries. Muscle tears, tendon strains, herniated discs, sprains, and overall soreness are epidemic in the nursing profession. The rising rate of obesity among patients along with nursing shortages has put added pressure on nurses, forcing them to lift heavier people, and to work more often than they would have in recent years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 12 percent of nurses are forced to leave the profession entirely because of back injuries. There is a solution to this problem - mechanical lifts that move patients. While these are becoming more common, many medical facilities choose other funding priorities.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and falls cause serious work injuries, particularly to the knees and ankles. Tendon and muscle strains to the knees and ankles are painful, take a long time to heal, and can result in a prolonged period of time out of work.
Needle Stick Injuries
According to the American Nursing Association, 64 percent of nurses have experienced a prick by a syringe or needle while on the job. Small puncture wounds and bleeding are not the full extent of the danger. Needle sticks with used syringes cause serious risk of infections and blood borne pathogens. This puts the nurse at risk for HIV and other serious conditions.
We help people who have been injured in work accidents. We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:
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