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Work accidents in health sector

Seval Akgün.

Quality and Patient and employee safety concepts have been becoming widespread and more important than before in health care facilities last years. The ideal management model includes service delivery which develops from down to up according to general strategy directed by top. Diagnosing and seeking solutions for quality problems in health care service delivery together with employees ensure more successful results than implementing quality programs prepared as packs. Starting from the place where the staff works, discussing concept of quality with them and ensuring their participation into the programs, assessing risk factors in their working enviroment are the basic steps to make recovery of quality itself.
Improvements in health care service delivery should include subjects on health and safety of employees. However we didn’t pay attention to employee safety at healthcare facilities for many years. Indeed, health care sector is one of the high-risk sectors and employees in this sector are exposed to many physical, chemical, biological, psychosocial risk factors. Recently there are some improvements on the legislation and regulations of Occupational Health and Safety in the country. Within these improvements, the assessment of risk factors and concept of protection and improvement for their own health and safety should be provided to the employees in their basic educations. Therefore, the main risk factors, which causes occupational injuries at health care facilities and how to protect their healths from these risk factors will be discussed in this article.

Key words: Health Sector, Work Accidents, Health Personnel

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