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BLS analyzes safety data in healthcare

Hospital Safety Insider, September 30, 2010

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Researchers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Office of Safety, Health, and Working Conditions analyzed healthcare workplace data from 2003 to 2007 in a report, “Workplace Safety and Health in the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry.” Here are some of the findings:

• For all the years of data covered, ambulatory healthcare consistently led other healthcare sectors, including hospitals and nursing care facilities, in distribution of fatal occupational injuries.

• Assaults and violent acts on healthcare workers occurred most often from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed closely by noon to 4 p.m.

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