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Occupational Injuries

Occupational Injuries A STUDY OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS AT A NORTHWESTERN HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AND TEACHING HOSPITAL by William E. Wilkinson, DrPH, COHN, Mary K. Salazar, EdD, COHN, Joan E. Uhl, PhD, Thomas D. Koepsell, MD, MPH, Roger L. DeRoos, PhD, and Robert J. Long, DrPH h e health care industry is the third larg­ 1991; Hudson, 1990; Moore, 1991; Rogers, 1991; est employer in the United States, and Triolo, 1989a, 1989b; Wilkinson, 1987). It is a T hospital workers constitute its single harsh irony that this industry which is committed largest group of employees. As of 1988, more than to health fails to assure the health and safety of 7 million persons were working in health care in its employees. This neglect may result partially this country and this number is expected to from a prevailing yet erroneous assumption that exceed 10 million by the year 2000 (U.S. Depart­ hospitals, by their very nature, are safe. ment of Labor, 1989). In 1988, hospitals employed Statistics about injury and illness among over 4 million full time equivalent workers. Ap­ health care workers (HCW) provide convincing proximately 77% ofthese individuals were women evidence to the contrary. The incidence of lost (U.s. Department http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AAOHN Journal SAGE

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SAGE
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© 1992 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
ISSN
0891-0162
DOI
10.1177/216507999204000605
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A STUDY OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS AT A NORTHWESTERN HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AND TEACHING HOSPITAL by William E. Wilkinson, DrPH, COHN, Mary K. Salazar, EdD, COHN, Joan E. Uhl, PhD, Thomas D. Koepsell, MD, MPH, Roger L. DeRoos, PhD, and Robert J. Long, DrPH h e health care industry is the third larg­ 1991; Hudson, 1990; Moore, 1991; Rogers, 1991; est employer in the United States, and Triolo, 1989a, 1989b; Wilkinson, 1987). It is a T hospital workers constitute its single harsh irony that this industry which is committed largest group of employees. As of 1988, more than to health fails to assure the health and safety of 7 million persons were working in health care in its employees. This neglect may result partially this country and this number is expected to from a prevailing yet erroneous assumption that exceed 10 million by the year 2000 (U.S. Depart­ hospitals, by their very nature, are safe. ment of Labor, 1989). In 1988, hospitals employed Statistics about injury and illness among over 4 million full time equivalent workers. Ap­ health care workers (HCW) provide convincing proximately 77% ofthese individuals were women evidence to the contrary. The incidence of lost (U.s. Department

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AAOHN JournalSAGE

Published: Jun 1, 1992

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