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New Employees Who Get Injured More Likely to Have Recurrences

A study at an academic medical center found that employees who experienced a work-related injury within their six months of employment were more than twice as likely to have three or more lost-time injuries for the duration of their tenure. Findings from the study, Do Work-Related Lost-Time Injuries Sustained Early in Employment Predict Multiple Lost-Time […]

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In Recognition of Labor Day

On Labor Day, we invite you to join WorkCare in deep reflection on the importance of protecting and promoting the health of the employees we depend on to sustain our businesses, families and communities across the country. We are currently experiencing – and anticipating a growing emphasis on – the implementation of Total Worker Health […]

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Preventive Massage: First Aid, Not Medical Treatment

There’s a tendency to think of first aid as injury care, but it also applies to injury prevention. Under federal OSHA definitions, massage and exercise guidance are listed as first aid injury prevention measures. However, when a provider prescribes specific therapeutic exercises in response to a work-related injury or illness, it is medical treatment and […]

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Telemedicine is When Technology Touches You

By Brittany Busse, M.D., WorkCare Associate Medical Director – Telemedicine A general sense of ambivalence surrounds the use of telemedicine. There is a perception that a meaningful physician-patient relationship cannot be developed when the physician doesn’t physically touch the person in need of care. According to some experts, communications technology, in general, is impeding human […]

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Do You Hear Marijuana Impairment Red Flags Flapping?

Posted by Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H. Some recently published articles have raised red flags for me – as they should for employers and fellow physicians who are Medical Review Officers (MROs) – with respect to state legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use. Colorado Emergency Cases One flag popped up when the Annals of Internal […]

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Safety Month Reminder: Ladder Use a Routine but Risky Job Function

Posted by Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H. Superstition holds that walking under a ladder is bad luck. Falling from a ladder is far more than bad luck: It can result in real-life pain, suffering, disability and even death. Annual national estimates of ladder-related fatalities range from 100 to 300, while more than 500,000 Americans are treated […]

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Changes in Health Behaviors Depend on Timing

“And while the future’s there for anyone to change, Still you know it seems It would be easier sometimes to change the past” – Jackson Browne, Fountain of Sorrow   Posted by Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H. If you read my previous blog post, you’ll know that I recently attended an ORCHSE conference that has provided […]

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A Proposal to Help Prevent Welder Pneumonia

By Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H. However you choose to pronounce the acronym, it’s helpful to understand the origins of ORCHSE Strategies. The company was established as Organization Resources Counselors, Inc., in 1972 to facilitate industry understanding of governmental occupational health, safety and environmental policy and regulatory decision-making. Health, Safety and Environment was later added to […]

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