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Occupational health in a hospital

Virtually all health professionals should be able to deal with occupational health challenges that they face. Consider the following scenario:

You're in charge of occupational health for a hospital. In the course of your duties you have reviewed the workers compensation cases and reports of illnesses among the hospital's workers and have found that there has been a significant increase in illnesses among staff related to biological hazards.

1) How would you generally approach this problem and identify, assess, communicate and control biological hazards in the work place? Focus your discussion on biological hazards in general and not on any specific disease; however, you can utilize a specific disease as an example.

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Biological hazards common in the medical setting include used syringes and infected surfaces. Workers can become sick from diseases passed through biological hazards if they do not practice good hygiene or do not practice proper procedures. Examples of illnesses resulting from biological hazards are MRSA infections from failure to wash hands thoroughly, or hepatitis C infections from used syringes that are not in sharps containers. In addressing the increase in illness in this hospital, you would first need to determine what type of illness was occurring. This would provide clues as to whether it was the result of failure ...

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Occupational health problems related to biological hazards and hospital staff illnesses.

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