Safety

When caring for patients brings fear for safety

OSHA Healthcare Connection, June 9, 2009

Caring for patients and healthcare professionals’ need to attend to their own safety was the subject of a thoughtful “Doctor and Patient” article in The New York Times, May 21.

Pauline W. Chen, MD, weighs “the privilege” her profession bestows in being able to care for patients with potentially infectious diseases and “feeling the floor beneath my feet give way” when she experienced a needlestick from a patient known to her to have hepatitis C.

“Wondering if it is only a matter of time” before she compromises her safety and health, Dr. Chen asks if there should be more expected of the general public in the way of obligations to healthcare workers.

For more on this subject, see the featured post on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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