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Mental Exhaustion in Healthcare A Risk Factor for Employees and Patients

Mental Exhaustion in Healthcare: A Risk Factor for Employees and Patients

The healthcare industry continually faces significant challenges as it delivers quality care to millions of patients each year. Some of these challenges are centered on the level of and the complexity of the care provided. Others are directly related to workloads, which have increased in recent years. Healthcare staffers are expected to do more with less, often resulting in employee burnout. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading specialty broker of insurance solutions for the healthcare industry, knows that burnout – a severe form of mental exhaustion – is a very serious risk factor that can affect staff and patients alike. Combatting mental exhaustion in staff can dramatically reduce the risks associated with this condition, saving money on expenses while protecting a given facility’s workers and its patients from harm. 

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Ergonomic Risk Factors in Healthcare

Ergonomic Risk Factors in Healthcare

The healthcare profession is an industry with numerous challenges and risks. Among the many risks healthcare providers face in delivering care is the alarming rate of injuries – a rate that surpasses many other industrial occupations that are understood to be dangerous, such as mining and logging operations. For certain patient demands, such as moving or transferring patients, specialized equipment and practices can help to reduce the instances of staff injuries. U.S. Risk Underwriters, a leading insurance brokerage, knows that healthcare facilities and their managers need to implement ergonomic features as a fundamental risk management strategy. Ergonomic equipment and features can not only reduce injuries, but also have the potential to dramatically lower the costs associated with insurance and legal claims. 

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