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  • February 2, 2016

The Toll Injuries Take on Employees

Safer caregivers mean happier patients and families. According to OSHA, hospitals have higher patient satisfaction levels where fewer nurses are dissatisfied or burned out. But when an employee gets hurt on the job, hospitals pay the price.

  • $15,860: The average workers’ compensation claim for a hospital injury between 2006 and 2011. If a hospital self insures (as a majority do), it will bear the full cost. If the hospital does not, the claim experience can still affect insurance premiums. The average hospital experiences $0.78 in workers’ compensation losses for every $100 of payroll. Nationally, that means a total annual expense of $2 billion.
  • 24 percent of nurses and nursing assistants have changed shifts or taken sick leave to recover from an unreported injury.
  • $27,000 to $103,000: Estimated cost of replacing a nurse, including separation, recruiting, hiring, orientation and training, not to mention the lost productivity while a replacement is hired and trained. Injuries and stress are common reasons why nurses leave the profession.
  • 80 percent of nurses say they frequently work with musculoskeletal pain.