The healthcare industry is a volatile one, with changing policies and regulations impacting the way that doctors and nurses can practice. This post will explore some of the risks associated with working in this industry, as well as how to avoid them.
The Risk of Contracting a Communicable Disease
Working in the healthcare field comes with many risks, including contracting a communicable disease. Communicable diseases can be spread through bodily fluids or by coming into contact with infected surfaces. These diseases are sometimes caused by an organism that is not visible to the naked eye like bacteria and viruses.
Taking the following steps will help you to avoid catching a communicable disease:
- Wash your hands before eating food and after using the restroom.
- Make sure to cover any open wounds on your body when handling other people’s bodily fluid samples such as blood or urine because they may contain dangerous germs from infections of various types.
- Wear protective gear like gloves and masks when coming in contact with bodily fluids from patients, not just during outbreaks.
- Don’t eat or drink anything that could be contaminated by the patient’s fluid such as through an open wound.
- Test your own for infection even if you do wear protection so that it can be treated early on before becoming a larger problem.
The Risk of Getting Sued
The risk of getting sued is a major concern for healthcare providers. The cost to defend such a suit can be very expensive and the penalty, if found guilty, may include:
- Large fines, which are sometimes in excess of $500,000.
- A substantial reduction or elimination of Medicaid reimbursement rates could lead to an inability to maintain non-profit status with 501(c)(three) designation from the IRS.
- Hospital privileges revocation, meaning they will not be able to work at their hospital ever again.
- Civil penalties include but are not limited to loss of license and suspension or debarment from participation in federal health care programs like Medicare.
It can all be overwhelming and very expensive. And many people who are not as stable financially as they would like can have problems. This is why the importance of medical malpractice insurance cannot be overstated. Medical malpractice insurance is an important and affordable way to protect a physician against the risks of medical malpractice; it’s also known by other names such as professional liability, errors & omission, or general liability coverage.
It can cover any future claims arising from alleged mistakes in diagnosis, treatment limit payments for damages that exceed policy limits; provide defense costs when staff members are sued while at work or on company time, and even deal with criminal charges like theft or assault if they happen during office hours.
Medical malpractice insurance is an essential part of running your business as a physician or healthcare provider, but it’s also important for the long-term success and financial stability of your career. You should consider getting medical liability coverage in order to protect yourself and maintain strong professional standing within the industry.
The Risk of Being Injured on the Job
The risk of being injured on the job is one that many people in this industry face. Whether it’s from lifting heavy objects or even just sitting for hours and typing away, there are a lot of ways we can get hurt.
To avoid injury, try to keep your back straight when you’re standing up (or kneeling down) so that you don’t put too much pressure on your spine and neck. Make sure not to bend over at an angle because doing so puts way more strain than bending forward slightly does. Also, make sure to take regular breaks so as not to become fatigued which could lead someone into injuring themselves while they’re working.
It should also be noted that some injuries result in workers’ compensation claims regardless if the injury was intentional or not. There are many different types of injuries and it’s important to keep yourself informed on the risks so that you can avoid them at all costs.
The Risk of Emotional Stress from Dealing With Death and Illness
In a healthcare career, it is very common to be exposed to death and illness. When you are dealing with these situations on a regular basis, emotional stress can add up. If left unchecked, this type of stress could lead to depression or anxiety issues that may interfere with your work performance. Employees in the medical field need to take care of themselves so they don’t get burned out from their job responsibilities.
So how do you avoid this type of risk? The best way would be to find an outlet where you can deal with death and illness for the sake of your mental health. Keeping a journal, taking art classes, writing poetry – anything that stimulates creativity and provides an outlet for emotions – can help.
The Risks That Come With Working in an Environment Where You Are Constantly Exposed to Chemicals and Toxins
It’s an unfortunate reality that most people working in the healthcare industry are constantly exposed to chemicals and toxins. As a result, they are at risk for developing health problems both throughout their work life as well as after retirement. There are many risks associated with this type of job but there is one major exposure that can be avoided. The following list will cover some of these hazards in more detail:
- Chemicals such as alcohols, ethers, acetone, benzene, chlorine gas, or hydrochloric acid; also includes any substance used during surgeries and those found on laboratory surfaces including biohazard substances.
- Toxins such as mercury vapor from broken thermometers or pesticides like DDT; inhalation can lead to central nervous system damage.
- Radiation from X-rays or medical equipment; overexposure can lead to cancer and other disorders of the blood, bone marrow, and brain.
The following are some ways in which individuals working in this field may be able to avoid these risks:
- Follow safety protocols by not drinking alcohol before work because it impairs judgment with chemicals.
- Wear gloves while handling biohazard substances as well as use masks when performing laboratory work involving mercury vapor.
- Use a Geiger counter for radiation checks before entering any room that might have been exposed to high levels of X rays or ionizing radiation.
The list of risks that come with working in a hospital is many. From contracting communicable diseases to having emotional stress from dealing with death and illness, the risk is always present. It’s important to take steps to mitigate the risks: like having a work-life balance, getting medical malpractice insurance, and limiting exposure to chemicals and toxins.