Healthcare Support Staff
Healthcare support staff, including nursing assistants and orderlies, play crucial roles in patient care but are often exposed to health risks. They frequently handle physically demanding tasks, such as lifting and moving patients, which can lead to musculoskeletal injuries. Unexpected hazards include encountering aggressive or uncooperative patients, exposure to infectious diseases, and the emotional strain of dealing with patient suffering and emergencies. Healthcare support staff must receive proper training and support to mitigate these unforeseen dangers while providing essential care in healthcare settings.
In 2018, health care workers faced a significant and alarming trend of nonfatal workplace violence injuries. These injuries accounted for a staggering 73% of all reported cases, as revealed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This statistic underscores the pervasive and often underreported issue of violence within healthcare settings, extending beyond deadly shootings to encompass a broader range of nonfatal incidents that put healthcare professionals at risk. It highlights the pressing need for enhanced safety measures and support for those working in healthcare to mitigate this concerning trend.