Could a back sprain or a dislocated shoulder from trying to handle a difficult patient turn into opioid addiction and, eventually, death?
When most people think of on-the-job-injuries, they think of bad falls, being hit with a piece of equipment, injuring their backs or something similar.
Doctors, nurses, nursing aides and nursing home workers -- they all run the risk of suffering injuries at work at a rate greater than construction workers, people in manufacturing jobs or loggers.
How much harm can a small stick from a needle really do?
Living in daily fear of physical violence shouldn't be part of anybody's job -- and hospital workers are tired of acting like it is normal.
Can you imagine what it would be like to go to work every day knowing the odds are high that you'll be threatened, sworn at or even physically assaulted during your shift?
Nurses, doctors and social service workers shouldn't have to be afraid to report to work.
If you're a medical worker who handles needles, you know that one slip of a glove or wrong move with your hand can expose you to incredible amounts of danger from an accidental needle stick.
It probably doesn't surprise the average American worker to find out that there's a lot of people working despite their pain. What might be surprising, however, is how often injured workers end up dying of overdoses while trying to do it.
As the nation's drug crisis heats up, another segment of the population is facing a different sort of emergency. Nurses, doctors and other medical workers are being assaulted and injured by drug-seeking, out-of-control patients on a daily basis.