Sunday, July 31, 2016
When someone gets injured at work, it’s common to think that they can continue to work if they are just “careful” – but the truth is, they really need time away from their job to recover. U.S. HealthWorks provides physical and occupational therapy so that once the employee is ready to come back to work, they can go through a transitional period in order to safely observe and correct their skills. This transitional period is not something that should be done alone which is why having an occupational therapy company like U.S. HealthWorks assist is crucial to getting your employee back to performing their job duties safely and in a timely manner.
An occupational therapist will…
Once an employee is back at work and ready to start picking up where they left off, an occupational therapist takes a few things into consideration when guiding the employing.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Managing a lot of employees can be a tedious job – especially when many get sick or hurt and have trouble returning to work in a timely matter. With the help of worksite clinics, these issues can simply go away. A worksite clinic would provide your employees health services dedicated to making sure they have the resources needed to keep them healthy and even help them recover from an injury quickly. A few ways an U.S. HealthWorks’ onsite clinic services help employees return to work quicker are through:
• They can manage workplace injuries
An onsite clinic is able to provide first aid and professional healthcare assistance for an injury on the job. This way if an employee gets hurt or falls ill, there will be an onsite nurse or other medical professional to examine the injury.
Friday, July 29, 2016
You may not think much about it but your ears are very crucial not only because it facilitates your sense of hearing, but also because it helps keep your balance. See, deep inside your ear are the vestibule and semicircular canals, which help keep you upright, while the cochlea is the part that works for your hearing.
For these two functions, it becomes important that you attend to your ear problems before they get any worse. It’s not just your inner ear that you must be careful of, however, as the other sections are just as relevant.
Middle Ear Care
The most commonly injured portion of your ear would be the middle portion. Children, especially, come to a certain stage when their curiosity leads them to insert or poke things into their ear. What can happen next ranges anywhere from a busted eardrum, a developing ear infection, or an internal wound to the ear.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Not a lot of people are fond of having creepy crawlies and other insects getting near them, and especially not in body orifices like ears. Somehow, someway, however, certain insects still manage to get inside the ears, particularly while you are sleeping.
It’s fairly easy to imagine how this can induce panic, especially if this happens while you are vacationing in an unfamiliar territory. You’re not sure what kind of insect literally got into you, and you would want to get rid of it at the soonest possible time before it does any serious injury. If you have vaccinations, however, you can at least mitigate that concern of contracting diseases from a biting insect inside your ear.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical experts estimate that roughly 52.5 million adults suffer from arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints. Severe cases of arthritis can be crippling, which can easily prevent you from doing the things you love to do, as well as the things you have to do. One-third of working-age people who suffer from arthritis are limited in the type work they can do and whether or not they can work full-time.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to help relieve the pain and discomfort brought about by arthritis. In fact, some of these ways are quite simple:
Have a discussion with your doctor
Your doctor is one of the first people who want to see you beat arthritis. He or she can help provide you with a list of things you can do and a list of things that may make arthritic pain worse.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Who doesn’t love pets? According to a recent National Pet Owners Survey, almost 62 percent of American households own pets, and more than 161 million of these are dogs and cats. These numbers are unsurprising, given the innate cuteness of these furry friends that one can’t simply ignore.
Unfortunately, for some of these pet owners, they have an allergy to their animals. This is why it’s important to seek urgent care services for your pet allergies before you experience a severe allergic reaction.
What are the allergens found in pets?
A million of these pet owners find that they’re allergic to the proteins found in their pet’s skin cells, saliva, or urine. Most of the time, allergic reactions are triggered by their pet’s dander and skin flakes. At times, however, people find themselves having an allergic reaction to pollen, mold spores, and other outdoor allergens collected by their pet’s fur or hair.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Truck driving is one of the fastest-growing, most lucrative middle-class jobs in the country, especially in the midst of businesses recovering from the recent economic recession. Long-distance truck-driving have garnered renewed appreciation as the lifeline of the country’s economy. After all, it is thanks to this job that stores are able to replenish their stocks, and businesses are able to keep their doors open.
Truck driving, however, is a very physical-intensive job, requiring top fitness conditions for those who will get into the business. A truck driver will be confronting varied—sometimes averse—weather conditions, long drives late into the night, and dangerous roads and mountainsides. For all of these, the driver should be certified to be in the pink of health. This is why the DOT physical is a non-negotiable requirement for those looking to land a truck driving job.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Have you ever had a rash so bad that you couldn’t work because of it? It may seem like skin diseases and rashes aren’t a problem in the workplace, but you would be mistaken. Skin diseases are actually the most widespread occupational illness according to the October 2006 Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. When it comes to many different job positions, an occupational skin disease can be a large hinderance. Especially if this happens to one of your employees. If one of your workers were to fall victim to an occupational skin disease, the medical expenses could be costly and your employee may even need to take off some time to recover. U.S. HealthWorks is very keen on the use of telemedicine for employers in order to diagnose and treat the skin disease early on.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Nearly 111 million workdays are lost every year due to influenza according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is not surprising once you consider how infectious the flu is. Unfortunately, the fact that most employees are in an enclosed space and in close proximity with one another for eight hours a day makes it easy for the flu to spread.
You can help your employees avoid catching the flu by taking advantage of flu vaccination programs offered by occupational health services such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group. These flu shots for work can easily cut down the instances of influenza in the workplace, especially if you are able to achieve a vaccination rate of 100 percent—something that can be difficult due to prevalent myths about the flu vaccine:
Friday, July 22, 2016
When it comes to getting a manicure or pedicure done by a professional – there are a lot of chemicals involved to make sure someone’s feet or hands are properly taken care of. If you are an employer at a nail salon, then you are aware of what employees have to go through in order to make sure feet and hands are pampered correctly. It means being around harmful chemicals.
A few hazardous chemicals found in nail salon products are:
• Butyl acetate
• Dibutyl phthalate
• Ethyl acetate
All of these chemicals that employees are regularly breathing in and touching could be detrimental to their health. By using a medical surveillance program, you will be able to assess and monitor employees being exposed to th
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Drug addiction is a growing problem throughout the U.S., and is one of the reasons why companies are making a big push towards creating a drug-free working environment for their employees. After all, drug addiction and abuse can be life threatening and it can cause productivity issues among employees.
Although many companies have been vigilant with their employee drug tests in their quest to eliminate illegal drug use in their workplace, some companies do not recognize that drug abuse can happen with prescription medication such as painkillers. Prescription drug abuse is a very real threat, as studies show that 52 million Americans over the age of 12 have used prescription medication non-medically.
Regardless of whether the drug abused is legal or illegal, abuse is abuse. It is important that employers identify and help employees who suffer from prescription drug addiction.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
If you are an employer looking to hire the perfect person for the job, a pre-employment physical may be the best way to disover them. If your company needs people to perform highly labor-intensive jobs that require strength, balance, and an overall healthy body – you are going to want to look into this exam. One of the biggest reasons that pre-employment physicals are so important is because they protect both the employee and the employer. With testing prior to being hired, the employee has the chance to prove that they are equipped for the job. It is best if the person who is hired can actually perform the job duties, otherwise they could get severly injured. This is why a pre-employment physical is so important.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Most people believe that fractures only occur due to traumatic injuries. Although a large number of fractures occur due to trauma, fractures can be caused by repetitive stress and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, a number of working environments can lead to fractures due to repetitive stress and osteoporosis.
Fortunately, your employees can take several measures to avoid sustaining fractures. One of the best ways to do so would be to ensure that your employees get enough calcium and vitamin D in their diets. Occupational health specialists, such as those from U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, often provide tips on how to increase calcium and vitamin D intake. Do not hesitate to share the following tips with your employees.
Soak up some rays
Our main source of vitamin D comes from the sun as our body naturally converts sunlight into vitamin D. Unfortunately, exposure to sunlight can be difficult for office workers.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Do you ever open the fridge at work to find food that has been taking up space for months? This is a big problem in the workplace, and being an employer, you must do something about it. If you don’t, there is a chance your employees can get ill from unsanitary bacteria growths taking over the refrigerator. Occupational medicine clinic, U.S. HealthWorks, highly suggests implementing a system that will prevent your workplace refrigerator from getting dirty and ultimately stopping employees from getting sick.
U.S. HealthWorks occupational medicine service aims to help you avoid the chances of your employees falling ill from a work-related situation while on your watch.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
If there is one thing common between healthy and highly successful people, it’s that they all wake up early in the morning. The ringing of the alarm clock may be dreadful for some, but a morning person will wake up to the sound feeling refreshed and ready to start the day.
If you are an employer, making a point to talk to your employees about getting good sleep could be highly beneficial. U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, an occupational health company, says that going to work early contributes to a person’s overall performance at the office, as well as on his health condition. Here are five reasons why morning people have it better than night owls.
Friday, July 15, 2016
In today’s fast-paced world, loyal employees are hard to come by. After all, these workers are always on the move, and will be looking for bigger opportunities, even if it means moving into another company.
This trend poses a problem for most companies, especially if they wish to retain their best and brightest employees. As a response to this problem, most companies are now applying employee retention. Instead of leaving their workers into a single job category, employers are now moving their employees to a variety of positions within departments or teams.
Other than a way to motivate your key employees and broaden their skill sets, job rotation can also be seen as a way to improve their health. This is a win-win situation for both employers and employees: employers get to keep their key players, while employees get bigger opportunities and better health along the way.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
According to the numbers provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly three million workplace injuries reported by employers in 2014. While this suggests a continuous decline in the number of injuries at the workplace, the truth is that these can happen at any given time.
As important it is to help their employees recuperate from their injuries, employers should also help them have an easy transition once they return to work. Most employers may have a return-to-work program, but these aren’t always effective to everyone. With these tips offered by occupational therapy companies in mind, an injured employee’s transition back to work can go as smoothly as possible.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Gone are the days when people had to visit a hospital for diagnosis and treatment. Now, an increasing number of workplaces are integrating onsite clinics to their facilities to give their employees an easy access to healthcare. Onsite clinics may be something only limited to large-scale organizations, but it also works for smaller scaled business today.
Recognizing the Need for Onsite Clinics
In light of the healthcare reform, more employers now recognize the value of onsite clinics as a way to reduce costs and employee absenteeism, while increasing employee health and satisfaction. At the same time, these clinics are also seen as a hub where all worksite programs are integrated.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Though it has been around for over four decades, telemedicine has become a rapidly growing field and an effective alternative to long lines at hospitals. In fact, more companies offer their employees telemedicine benefits, with experts predicting that 80 percent of employers will be offering these benefits by 2018.
It’s not that hard to see why telemedicine is popular among individuals and employees. Without the need for a waiting list, vital medical information is sent directly to your doctor, who can then make a diagnosis and create an appropriate treatment plan.
In a recent survey by American Well, creator of the Amwell telehealth app, they further listed down five reasons why employers prefer telemedicine services and are readily offering benefits to their employees.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Travelling to another country for work is definitely an exciting experience for anyone. Before you get lost in preparing and packing for your trip, remember to put your health first among many others. To make sure that you won’t get seriously ill during your stay abroad, doctors recommend you to take vaccinations first.
Why You Need Vaccination Early On?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should see a doctor 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. This is because numerous travel vaccines may require multiple shots and would take time before becoming fully effective. Furthermore, your body will need time to build up immunity after receiving a particular vaccine, thus getting an early start on all your vaccinations give you better protection against any health issues you may encounter overseas.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Everyone knows the physical benefits of playing sports, particularly for children and teenagers. You’re also aware that sports are a great way to meet new friends and socialize. Before you go out and try out a new sport, you must first ensure that a doctor gives you the “go” signal by undergoing a sports physical first.
A Look at Sports Physicals
Known as a preparticipation physical examination in the sports medicine field, a sports physical helps a medical expert determine if a particular person, regardless of age, can participate in a particular sport safely. Most states even require kids and teens to undergo a sports physical before playing a game. Whether your state requires a physical or not, doctors highly recommend getting one.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Plants and flowers are in full bloom once again this time of year, marking warmer temperatures and better weather in the weeks to come. While most plants bring beauty to any place, those working outdoors everyday should watch out for those that may cause rashes. One particular plant everyone should be wary of is poison ivy.
Poison Ivy and Rashes
Poison ivy, which typically grows as a vine or shrub, is often found in open fields, on the roadside, or even along parks or backyards. The plant is characterized by its leaf arrangement, with leaves often clustered in groups of three. It may also have yellow or green flowers, while some have white or green-yellow berries.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Knees are among the most used body parts in physically demanding professions or jobs that have workers perform repetitive actions. As a result they are exposed to more pressure than they normally would. For instance, you may not think it but operating a motor vehicle, particularly one that transports passengers or cargo over a long distance day in and day out can put strain a lot of strain on the knees.
As an employer, it is in your best interest to keep your workers in good health. Since knee injuries can happen at the workplace from time to time, the best way to do this is through avoiding them altogether through precautions like a DOT physical. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
As an ever-growing industry, the field of healthcare continues to improve and expand through modern technology. One of the latest trends to emerge in this industry is telemedicine, and with its numerous advantages, employers are beginning to take notice.
Telemedicine is the use of electronic communication for convenient transfer of information between doctors and patients or even between physicians. Through this, employees can consult with doctors and providers of immediate care over the phone or online. Convenience, however, is just one of the many benefits it has for employers.
With medical costs expected to go nowhere but up, employers are looking for more ways to reduce expenses while maintaining the quality of care. You’d be surprised to learn that 70 percent of visits to doctor’s offices can be handled over the phone, according to the American Medical Association (AMA). It only makes sense for employers to embrace the concept of telemedicine.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Workdays lost due to a common sickness like the flu, when accumulated, can have a huge effect on your business’ success. In fact, according to Society for Human Resource Management, flu causes 200 million days of decreased productivity and 75 million days of work absences all in the span of a single year. Fortunately, a simple precaution like administering flu shots for employees on-site can reduce the risks, maintain your productivity levels and avoid losses.
Flu Shots and Productivity
When an employee is sick, he or she simply does not perform at their best. Studies show that workers afflicted with the flu suffer from poor performance of even the simplest reaction-time tasks by 20 to 40 percent. Workers who aren’t performing at optimal levels tend to commit errors and be more prone to injury. This is counterproductive to any company, not to mention that it adds up to financial losses when mistakes are made.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
One of an employer’s biggest responsibilities is to assess the risks that their employees will be exposed to while they are in the workplace. This is particularly the case for industries that deal with harsh environments or dangerous substances such as asbestos or lead. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), it’s important to control and monitor such risks through a medical surveillance program.
With such risks, general health screening is no longer sufficient, hence the need for a more thorough medical surveillance. The question now is when does medical surveillance for employers absolutely necessary? The purpose of such a program is to minimize airborne concentrations of harmful substances and sources of ingestion while protecting workers from the adverse effects of exposure.
Monday, July 4, 2016
A drug-free workplace promotes safety and productivity. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug-using employees are more likely to produce less, be frequently absent, have higher health insurance costs and be prone to worker’s compensation claims. All these combined can amount to substantial losses for an employer.
To give you an idea of how much you stand to lose with your employee’s drug use, here are some numbers from the Hire Right blog:
● Lost work productivity linked to employee drug use is estimated at $197 billion a year in the US. This includes absenteeism and poor job performance.
● The losses incurred by a company from hiring an employee who uses drugs illicitly amounts to $13,000 a year.
● An estimated 14.8 million workers in the U.S. are illicit drug users.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
The hiring process can be a huge undertaking for any employer, and the situation can get even testier if things don’t work out between employer and employee. Perhaps the individual seemed like a good candidate at the beginning, but ultimately, he or she is unable to meet the expectations of the job, putting him or herself at risk of injury. Worse, he or she could put your other employees at risk as well.
Fortunately, there is a way to ensure that an applicant can handle the tasks that the job requires, and that’s by having him or her undergo a comprehensive pre employment physical. This type of physical exam benefits both employer and employee—employers get the right person for the job, while employees get to know what they’re capable of, making them better informed to decide whether or not to accept a job offer.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is a federal law that aims to ensure that every employee in the country is safe and healthy as they go about their work. Yet, despite an employer’s best efforts, accidents can still happen in the workplace. If that day comes for one of your employees, it’s critical that you, as their employer, know what to do. According to occupational health services, here are four important things for you to do if an employee is injured on the job:
Seek medical attention for the employee
Getting medical help for the injured individual is always the most important first step in ensuring your employee’s safety as well as protecting yourself. Call 911 if the injury requires immediate medical attention. Even if the resulting injury is not life-threatening, you should still encourage your employee to see a medical professional as soon as possible.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Fatigue represents a physical and/or mental exhaustion that prevents a person from being able to function efficiently. If fatigue permeates the workplace, the risk of injuries and other accidents increases. As an employer, you have to be vigilant about signs or effects of fatigue in your employees. You can help keep your workers safe by undertaking measures that minimize their fatigue. Here are some that come highly recommended by occupational medicine providers:
Follow Working time regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has guidelines that set the standard on the period of time that an employee spends at paid occupational labor. These guidelines limit the number of hours that employee can work so that he or she can have ample time for sleep, rest and relaxation activities.