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Hazards of the Health Care Sector: Looking Beyond Infectious Disease

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Melissa A. McDiarmid

Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
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Abstract

Background

Possessing every hazard class, the health care sector poses significant health threats to its workforce in both high-resource settings and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Objectives

The aim of this paper was to examine the applicability of the classical hierarchy of hazard control technologies in resource-constrained health care settings.

Methods

Using a biologic and chemical hazard example, the hazard control hierarchy was applied for risk mitigation.

Findings

Even when resource constraints force a reordered selection of hazard control elements, risk reduction can be achieved across a variety of hazard classes.

Conclusion

For LMICs with limited resources, the hazard control hierarchy can be effectively employed, although the selection of methods may be reordered, to achieve significant hazard control. Such prevention strategies can thereby strengthen and sustain a critical pillar of the health system, its workforce.

How to Cite: McDiarmid, M.A., 2014. Hazards of the Health Care Sector: Looking Beyond Infectious Disease. Annals of Global Health, 80(4), pp.315–319. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2014.08.001
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Published on 25 Nov 2014.
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