Occupational Health

Jun 15, 2008 Issue
Impairment & Disability Evaluation: The Role of the Family Physician [Article]

Physicians are frequently involved in the assessment of impairment and disability as the treating physician, in consultation, or as an independent medical examiner. The key elements of this assessment include a comprehensive clinical evaluation and appropriate standardized testing to establish the d...

Nov 15, 2007 Issue
Nonspecific Low Back Pain and Return to Work [Article]

As many as 90 percent of persons with occupational nonspecific low back pain are able to return to work in a relatively short period of time. As long as no "red flags" exist, the patient should be encouraged to remain as active as possible, minimize bed rest, use ice or heat compresses, take anti-in...

Jun 1, 2007 Issue
Occupational Therapy Improves Activities of Daily Living After Stroke [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Compared with standard rehabilitation, ADL-based occupational therapy significantly decreases death or institutionalization and deterioration in the ability to perform ADL after stroke. The optimal length and type of therapy is not well defined.

Apr 1, 2007 Issue
Work-Related Eye Injuries and Illnesses [Article]

More than 65,000 work-related eye injuries and illnesses, causing significant morbidity and disability, are reported in the United States annually. A well-equipped eye tray includes fluorescein dye, materials for irrigation and foreign body removal, a short-acting mydriatic agent, and topical anesth...

Dec 1, 2005 Issue
USPHS Releases Updated Guidelines for Management of Occupational Exposure to HIV [Practice Guidelines]

The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) has issued updated guidelines for prophylaxis of health care professionals with occupational exposure to blood and other body fluids that might contain human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Nov 15, 2005 Issue
CDC Reports on Illnesses in Hurricane Katrina Evacuees and Relief Workers [Practice Guidelines]

In the four weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast, a total of 7,508 illnesses and injuries were reported. Reports on illnesses in hurricane evacuees and relief workers were published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 15, 2004 Issue
Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Workers [Practice Guidelines]

Jul 1, 2003 Issue
Disability Revisited [Curbside Consultation]

For Social Security disability claims, it is not requested of the physician to provide a disability determination.

Sep 15, 2002 Issue
Occupational Skin Disease [Article]

Contact dermatitis, the most common occupational skin disease, is characterized by clearly demarcated areas of rash at sites of exposure. The rash improves on removal of the offending agent. In allergic contact dermatitis, even minute exposures to antigenic substances can lead to a skin rash. Common...

Dec 15, 2001 Issue
PHS Guidelines for Management of Occupational Exposure to HBV, HCV and HIV: Management of Occupational Blood Exposures [Practice Guidelines]

The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has updated its previous guidelines for the management of health care personnel who have occupational exposure to blood and other body fluids that might contain hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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