The Epidemic of Health Care Worker Injury: An Epidemiology

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Traditionally, health care worker injury exposure data is analyzed one category at a time, which tends to isolate the researcher from a more global perspective of an industry-wide analysis. The Epidemic of Health Care Worker Injury: An Epidemiology provides an industry-wide analysis that facilitates a wide-angle view of the dangers of working in health care, by focusing on the major categories of health care worker injury: * needlesticks, the most prevalent risk * back injury, the most expensive risk * violence and assault-health care workers account for more than half of all assaulted service workers * infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis C * latex allergy, which now affects almost 10% of health-care workers * managed care and its profound effect on the injury rates through downsizing, deskilling, and increased acuity * injuries to different populations of health care workers * home health care injury rates * long-term care injuries, which have doubled in the last decade