Has your employee been struck by an orca? Burned by flaming water skis? Has he or she suffered a knitting-related injury? ICD-10 has you covered. As this more complex coding goes into effect, NPR takes a look at some of the more unusual entries here.
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Cardiovascular disease remains stubbornly at the top of the mortality list in the United States. One big reason? Cholesterol. According to the CDC, about 30% of U.S. adults have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol). Fewer than half are on a treatment plan to lower those levels. More than 30 million Americans […]
Today marks the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) 4th annual N95 Day, usually held on September 5. The focus this year, according to NIOSH, is to “equip you with the necessary tools to provide and/or practice proper respiratory protection when the use of N95 filtering facepiece respirators is necessary.” Respirators are crucial […]
Imagine this: You’re engaged in pleasant conversation during your hospital’s yearly flu vaccination drive. All of a sudden—ouch! You’ve accidentally stuck your thumb with a used needle. Do you know what to do next? For too many hospital employees, the answer is “no,” and that’s a huge oversight. A needlestick is no small matter that a […]
This month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed. We all remember harrowing images of people at the New Orleans Superdome, on roofs and overpasses, and in the fetid waters. We saw the devastation in the Lower 9th Ward and throughout the Gulf Coast. Firsthand accounts of the trauma brought […]
Merriam-Webster defines ergonomics as “a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely.” It is a fairly simple description of a fairly complicated issue. All work involves some movement, even if the task is sedentary. Common examples in the workplace include material handling (lifting, pulling, pushing), […]
In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) made July 28th one of four official disease-specific world health days to be recognized each year. World Hepatitis Day was created to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes. The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is “Prevent hepatitis. Act now”. Hepatitis […]
At the beach, swimmers are closely monitored by trained lifeguards who can spot the signs of distress and spring into action. At work, potential water hazards can be ignored or underestimated. It’s not only pools, fishing vessels, and shipyards that can pose a risk; roughnecks, landscapers, construction workers, and many others also can face increased […]
When you think of the dangers to long-haul truck drivers, you probably put crashes at the top of the list. That’s true: the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2013 (the most recent data available), nearly 500 individuals in the Truck Transportation industry (NAICS 484) lost their lives. More than 75% of these deaths […]
U.S. workplace law is still in a hazy area when it comes to marijuana. More than half of the states have approved it for medical use, decriminalized it, or legalized it completely. Everywhere, however, it remains on the Schedule I list of controlled substances. Possession and use of marijuana—even when prescribed by a licensed physician—is […]