It takes a special type of person to enter the healthcare industry. If you’re a healthcare worker, not only is caring for the health of others sometimes grueling work, but it comes with dangers to your own health. Whether you work in an assisted care facility or in a medical clinic, there are certain dangers to be aware of, in addition to the obvious one of constant exposure to infectious diseases.
Muscle strain is often – but not exclusively – caused when you try to lift heavy objects. For example, if you work in an assisted care facility, you may have to lift your patients in and out of bed, the bathtub or chairs. Even if the patient is of normal weight, you could strain muscles in your back, shoulders or arms.
This type of strain can also occur if you have to move heavy equipment, such as machines and beds.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, overexertion and bodily reaction make up the greatest portion of workplace injuries for healthcare workers nationwide.
Slips and trips
By nature, the job of a healthcare worker involves lots of running around. You are probably in constant motion for large parts of your workday. This increases the chances of slips and falls, which are the second most common cause of injury to healthcare workers. This risk is heightened when there are puddles of bodily fluids lying around.
Exposure to dangerous chemicals
Part of your job probably entails sterilizing equipment and high contact areas, as well as cleaning up messes.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that repeated contact with certain types of high-level disinfectants can cause adverse reactions. Skin damage, eye irritation, respiratory irritation and allergic reactions are some of the mildest effects that disinfectant chemicals can cause.
Healthcare is a noble profession, and it’s not without its share of hazards. If you suffer an injury while at work, don’t hesitate to explore your options for possible compensation in order to cover your medical bills and get you back onto your feet.