Telemedicine instead of ER?

An employee gets injured. Is the injury serious enough to justify a trip to the ER? If you don’t take the employee to the ER and there are complications you didn’t foresee, are you opening yourself up to a multi-million dollar law-suit?

Unless your company is large enough to justify the cost of a full-time nurse on staff, these are questions that you need to address. Telemedicine is technology that seeks to solve these issues. It isn’t necessary new but it is starting to catch on more and more.

Telemedicine is “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology.” (source: http://www.americantelemed.org)

Telemedicine makes sense. Modern technology, including the inclusion of webcams on most computers and tablets nowadays means that remote diagnostics isn’t prone to the same errors it was when it relied on an untrained eye to relay that information back the doctor. The early days saw telemedicine being a stop gap for field operatives who used radios to speak to a doctor and take appropriate action. Now with video, doctors half a world away are able to see the patient and the injury in order to determine whether he or she needs to be taken to the ER.

In today’s work world, telemedicine makes great sense. You aren’t a doctor and you can’t always know how serious an injury is. Setting up a telemedicine account one way to protect yourself as well as your employees.

Learn more about it and get set up at http://www.americantelemed.org

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Note: I do not work for American Telemed, nor am I getting paid for mentioning them. This is simply a post about a system that makes sense. There are other companies out there who offer similar services.




OSHA Publication on Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence

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OSHA has just put out a new publication entitled “Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers

With the healthcare industries suffering around 70% of the significant injuries in the workplace due to assault it only makes sense that OSHA address the problem. Men and women working in the fields of healthcare are presently 4 times more likely to suffer injury as a result of workplace violence than are others in any other line of work.

Healthcare workers and social service workers are often faced with patients with mental issues, patients who might be on drugs and/or patients who are frightened and scared and therefore more likely to turn violent. Understanding how to defuse anger and control the environment in which they are working becomes crucial in helping protect themselves and others from threats from violent patients.

The 60-page document includes recordkeeping and program evaluation forms in order to make it easier to implement and track progress. Check out the publication here.



Work Related Stress Online Seminar From OSHA EU

When was the last time one of your safety meetings talked about stress as it relates to your safety? While often ignored, stress in the workplace is actually one of the major contributors to accidents. Learning to successfully handle that stress can have a profound affect, not only on your emotional well-being but on your physical safety as well.

OSHA Europe has put together a comprehensive site designed specifically to help you do just that.

You can either download the training or go through it online. It is designed for European workers and you can select 1 of 30 countries and 1 of 25 languages. USA, not being a European country, is not listed as one of the countries but you can select “english” and run through the training even though you aren’t in Europe.

Have a look at the “Managing Stress and Psychosocial Risks E-Guide




Dupont Bradley Curve

From the Dupont website

The DuPont Bradley Curve

Designed to help clients understand and benchmark the journey toward world-class safety performance, this proven, proprietary system has helped enable safety success within DuPont, and for our clients around the world, since 1995.

Using the DuPont Bradley Curve, DuPont Sustainable Solutions consultants help our clients in diverse industries and countries to understand the development of an effective safety culture, from its earliest stages to a mature state.

In a mature safety culture, safety is truly sustainable, with injury rates approaching zero. People feel empowered to take action as needed to work safely. They support and challenge each other. Decisions are made at the appropriate level and people live by those decisions. The organization, as a whole, realizes significant business benefits in higher quality, greater productivity, and increased profits.

 

Understanding the Bradley Curve
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Read more about this curve and what each stage represents on the Dupont website here.