Environmental Health and Nursing Practice by Barbara Sattler RN DrPH, Jane Lipscomb RN PhD FAAN

By Barbara Sattler RN DrPH, Jane Lipscomb RN PhD FAAN

Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore. offers details on easy environmental health and wellbeing rules and customary environmental well-being risks. bargains a sufferer evaluate software for publicity to dangers and methods to be used of health center assets. DNLM: Environmental overall healthiness.

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Occupational Health Risks in the Health Care Industry 25 SUMMARY Health care workers, including nurses, face a wide range of workplace hazards, many of which are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. They often sacrifice their own health in the course of providing health care to others in need. The industry, the public, and the government have been slow to acknowledge the hazards and to provide adequate protection. In the absence of this protection, they must advocate for their own health and safety and educate the public and their health care organizations about their right to a healthy and safe workplace and the improvement in patient care that will result.

Chicago: National Safety Council, pp. 457-474. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (1994). Personal Protective Equipment Standard. 138. OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. (1991). 1030. , & Roley, L. (1999). In-use barrier integrity of gloves: Latex and nitrile superior to vinyl. American Journal of Infection Control, 27:405-10. Slater, J. E. (1992). Allergic reaction to natural rubber. Annals of Allergy, 68(3), 203-209. Slater, J. E. (1994). Latex allergy. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 94 (2, Pt I), 139-150.

Weapon carrying in emergency departments, reported to be as high as 25% in major urban hospitals, creates the opportunity for severe or fatal injuries when they occur (Wassenberger, Ordog, Kolodny, & Allen, 1989). Although mental health and emergency departments have been the focus of attention and research on the subject, no department within a health care setting is immune to workplace violence. Consequently, all departments should have violence prevention programs. A number of environmental risk factors have been associated with assaults by patients regardless of health care setting, including poor security, inadequate staffing patterns, time of high activity, and containment activities.

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