Every Coin Has Two Sides – The Other Side Of Working In A Medical Industry
People often look up to doctors, nurses, medical technicians or anyone working in the healthcare industry. However, they often overlook the fact that every job has its own list of occupational hazards and people working in the healthcare industry face their set of occupational hazards too.
For those who aren’t aware of the term “Occupational Hazard” an occupational hazard is a risk that employees face while working in an industry or another workplace. Healthcare workers are especially at risk for many health hazards. When one is working in an environment where employees are constantly trying to kill viruses in patients and cure them, one is exposed to certain things that one cannot avoid.
Some of the safety and health hazards that people working in a medical industry are faced with are:
- Exposure to blood borne pathogens
- Needle stick injury — the chances of needle pricks or injuries due to needle sticks are high, especially for nurses.
- Exposure to burns and cuts because of surgical instruments
- Some people also suffer from Latex allergy.
- They might be exposed to health hazards if there’s an absence of universal precautions.
- Exposure to drugs and heavy chemicals like formaldehyde, used for preservation of specimens for pathology, ethylene oxide, glutaraldehyde and paracetic acid, used for sterilization
- Exposure to harmful radioactive elements
- Exposure to X-ray radiation
- Exposure to harmful waste anesthetic gas
- Negative effects on the respiratory system in certain scenarios
- The body posture might be affected due to extensive work or repetitive lifting tasks.
Proper preventive equipment, costumes, nose masks and an extremely hygiene environment can mitigate the consequence of these effects. So, this time you meet a doctor or a nurse, strike a healthy conversation and share a smile, because you know that those you look up to might be battling these hazards every day!
We do strive to provide, and have been successful in doing so by far, a safe and friendly environment for both our patients as well as employees. However, at the end of the day it is the dedication of the staff, nurses and doctors that has made CARE what it is today. Thank you all! 🙂