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Burnt-out healthcare workers at greater risk for workplace injuries

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

Burnout is a problem often seen in many industries, and the healthcare field is no exception. When workers are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, it can lead to mistakes and accidents.

This may be especially true for those working in high-stress environments, such as hospitals.

What are the symptoms of burnout?

Burnout is a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion caused by prolonged or unmanageable stress. It occurs when an individual feels overwhelmed and unable to meet the demands of their environment. Symptoms of burnout include feeling cynical and detached from work, experiencing a decreased sense of accomplishment, and having difficulty concentrating.

In the healthcare industry, burnout among workers is a major problem. A shortage of healthcare workers has led to increased levels of burnout among those who are still employed. With fewer staff members available, each individual takes on a greater workload. This can lead to long hours, missed breaks, and little time for self-care. Over time, this can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion, making it difficult to provide high-quality care.

Workers feeling burnt out may be more likely to make mistakes that can lead to accidents because their exhaustion affects their decision-making. As a result, burnout can significantly impact worker safety in the healthcare industry.

As a healthcare worker, you face risks on the job every day. If you have been injured while working, it is essential to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You will need help navigating the complex workers’ compensation system and ensuring you receive the benefits you deserve.


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