Medical Worker Injuries Forecasted to Rise
Posted on Dec 12, 2012
The North Carolina workers’ compensation system may be bracing for an increase in injured workers in the medical field. Our Raleigh workers’ comp lawyers discovered a new study released by Cornell University that shows new electronic devices flooding the healthcare field are likely to cause muscoskeletal injuries.
The focus of the ergonomics research was doctors and nurses, who widely use new technologies to reduce costs in their line of work. Failing to use the new technology properly results in repetitive stress injuries. Since hospitals and healthcare centers are unloading their budgets on new medical devices, most are failing to provide the appropriate office layouts to use the equipment.
Of the approximately 200 doctors who were surveyed in the study:
- 1 out of 5 women and 1 out of 3 men complained of weekly pain in their right wrists
- Neck, shoulder and back pain was found in almost all of the women and 1 out of 5 men
Why are women more vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries of their back and shoulder? The study also reported that female doctors were spending an additional hour than men on computers.
More than half of the doctors surveyed confirmed that their computer use has increased during the last year. Technology is only going to increase its invasiveness in the medical field; without the proper environments for medical professionals to use the new technologies, more work injuries are likely.