The medical industry can have some of the most physically and mentally daunting jobs in the nation. Even though most of them focus on saving sick or injured patients, there have been plenty of times where they need saving themselves. Nurses often rank high when it comes to the amount of workplace injuries every year.
Arguably one of the most dangerous times to work at the hospital is during the winter months. The risks for the most common injuries nurses receive increases dramatically around this season. Workers should be aware of the potential threats that await so they can take precautions before clocking in.
More patients, more problems
Everyone is at an increased risk of getting injured during winter. The colder weather means most of the nation must deal with icy roads and sidewalks that can result in a number of car crashes or slip and fall injuries. Additionally, more people are likely to get sick with how much health habits decline in the winter due to the colder weather and lack of sunlight discouraging people to exercise.
With more people taken to the hospital in some shape or form, that means there is a higher chance for workplace violence. Nurses and other medical professionals have one of the largest workplace violence rates due to many patients and family members lashing out at them. Hospitals are places where people could die or find out that they'll have to deal with a disability for the rest of their life. This leads to many patients physically lashing out at the medical professionals. Back in 2016, there were nearly 870 violence reports in the medical industry. Nurses need to be very careful when approaching their patients whether they are awake or asleep.
As mentioned earlier, winter has some of the highest injury rates in the year thanks to its hazardous conditions. While Alabama doesn't get nearly as much snow as the rest of the nation, it is still vulnerable to wet weather in some capacity. Even when it doesn't snow, the winter months still have some of the most amount of precipitation during the year.
Falls were one of the highest occupational injury rates for nurses back in 2016. Hospitals tend to have slick and shiny floors that only get more slippery when more people enter from the cold, wet streets. Entrances with mats and exits to the facility tend to be the worst parts of the building. While nurses and doctors due have to rush sometimes to save the victim's life, they must also proceed with caution to ensure they do so without any bruises or broken bones.
With the increased risk of hospital injuries for nurses in the winter, workers should see what options they have for workers' compensation with legal assistance in the event of an emergency.