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Exploring the formation of an employee injury team

Klingel, P.

Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality 19(6): 19-25

1997


ISSN/ISBN: 1062-2551
PMID: 10174388
DOI: 10.1111/j.1945-1474.1997.tb00914.x
Accession: 046043793

In May 1994, it was noted that lost work days due to employee injuries were out of control at MedCenter Hospital in Marion, OH. An employee injury team was commissioned by the continuous quality improvement steering committee to investigate and make recommendations to reduce lost workdays. An analysis of the situation required a data search that revealed several patterns and trends. This information was then examined and a decision was made to institute a "Back Care: Train the Trainer" program to reduce the major cause of employee injuries--back sprains and strains. The concept of teamwork is defined and the developmental process of a team is explored.

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