Healthcare facilities are riddled with hazards, and we all suffer the consequences.
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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 […]
While flu activity usually peaks in January or February, the flu itself is unpredictable. Although there are many different flu viruses, the yearly flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common that flu season.
In 1988, a committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians asked me to write a position paper for the college entitled “Report on the Role of the Emergency Physician in Occupational Medicine.” In the paper, I tried to make sense of the intersection of occupational medicine, which is a preventive medicine specialty, and emergency […]
Participants at PureSafety’s User Conference this week will hear a lot about ways in which in human resource, health and safety professionals are working together to contain rising healthcare costs and enhance workforce productivity. One of the most critical components in this equation is the healthcare consumer: How do we compel employees who are not […]
Colorado is the only state that still requires physicians to use the out-dated, third edition of the AMA’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, published in 1990. The most recent, sixth edition of the Guides, was published in 2008. The Guides instruct physicians how to assign percentage ratings of impairment, which is defined as […]
There is both science and art associated with the provision of occupational health and safety to a workforce. Science is so often the first application along with “training”; however, the human side of the workforce is often the most significant and can contribute to turnover, injuries, absenteeism, and presenteeism.
If you had to make this world a better place, help with famines, droughts, wars, and political posturing…what time of the day would you start?
OSHA in healthcare: How hard can it be? Well, if you believe a number of generally accepted myths, not very. But the facts say otherwise.
This week we hosted an OSHA recordkeeping webinar with Edwin G Foulke, Jr, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and current co-chair of with Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. Edwin examined the many recordkeeping pitfalls that employers face and presented a five-step process to injury and […]