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Hospital Workers Face Highest Workers’ Comp Risk

Hospital Workers Face Highest Workers’ Comp RiskThe nature of patient care duties can pose a threat to the healthcare industry’s financial liability. While healthcare workers are providing the necessary services to take care of the patient, injuries while doing so are abundantly common, leading to one of the highest Workers’ Compensation claims in the U.S. To protect their facility against potential claims and secure their future, remind your clients to implement a New Jersey Healthcare Workers’ Compensation policy.

For instance, Sheri Meyer, a former cardiac nurse at Affinity Medical Center of Ohio, suffered a musculoskeletal injury while assisting in the transfer of a patient into a chair. Meyer was originally scheduled to return to work after her 8 month light duty assignment, but she was never able to because of surgery complications. Although incredibly unfortunate, instances like this occur very frequently in the healthcare industry.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health states that there are 107 injuries for every 10,000 nursing home and residential facility workers and 75 injuries for hospital workers. Nursing home injuries occur three times more than the national average in other industries while traditional hospital incidents rank about twice the average frequency.

While many hospitals contain mobile lifts, they are not often easily accessible or readily available. While these lifts are intended for use on immobile patients, healthcare workers opt to move patients themselves in the interest of saving time.

To combat the costly Workers’ Compensation issue and prevent future injuries, some healthcare facilities are looking into mounting permanent ceiling fan lifts in each patient room. Kaiser Permanente and the Veteran’s Health Administration have already achieved this goal and there are countless others who are looking into vertical expansion to accommodate the equipment. However, the installation of this equipment in existing rooms can be very expensive. Therefore, it is more likely that new facilities will incorporate these lifts into future rooms rather than reconfiguring existing rooms.

Permanent overhead lifts can cost approximately $16,000 to install in each room. Another option is a mobile lift, which is a less expensive alternative costing an average of $6,000 each. However, encouraging employees to use these lifts is the biggest hurdle for healthcare facilities, according to experts.

At Associated Specialty Insurance Agency (ASIA), we are devoted to covering your client’s Workers’ Compensation needs. With over twenty years in the industry, we are well versed on the potential risks healthcare business’ faces. For more information about our Workers’ Compensation services, as well as the Industries We Target, contact us today at (866) 679-7457.

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