10 Common Accidents in Hospitals:
Even Doctors Make Mistakes
Bumping Into Equipment
Every year, a significant number of medical professionals suffer from
minor injuries to their arms and legs due to bumping into equipment such
as trolleys in corridors and lifts. Injuries caused by bumping into equipment
can include minor scrapes and abrasions to more serious cuts which require
Trips and Slips
Spilt water and fluids on hospital floors can cause a major hazard for
medical staff. Head injuries are a particular concern when it comes to falls
in hospitals and will often lead to legal action if they result in the individual
being unable to work.
A significant number of hospital staff report being accidentally pierced or
scratched by hypodermic needles which have not been disposed of
properly. This kind of accident also carries the danger of bodily fluids
being transferred to the medical professional during the incident.
Violence Towards Hospital Staff
It’s a sad fact that doctors, nurses and other healthcare employees face
the very real danger of violence every single day that they go to
work. From people taking out their frustration at the long waiting times
to mental healthcare patients, figures show that patients commit
violence against 200 healthcare workers every day.
There are 53 ambulance services within the UK, providing vital
emergency care to patients who are ill or injured. The very nature of the
job of an ambulance driver means that, often, driving at speed is
required in order to save a patient’s life.
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