Occupational hazards and safety in home care were the focus of “Home Health Care Health and Safety: Emerging Occupational and Patient Safety Issues in Home Care for Patients,” a conference sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH).
At the May 19 conference, three researchers presented their findings on the many serious health risks that home care aides and nurses face while on the job:
– Hazards in the Home, by Jane Lipscomb, PH.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., of the University of Maryland Baltimore Schools of Nursing and Medicine
– Summary of findings on sharps injuries and blood exposures, by Margaret Quinn, Sc.D., of the University of Massachusetts Lowell
– Home Health Care Patient/Worker Health and Safety Issues, by Robyn RM Gershon, MHS, DrPH, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University