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Treatment of work-related injuries and other health problems

It's natural for health care workers to care for others. However, it is important that Children's employees understand there are times when they should leave care to other providers. Employees and providers must not provide medical care for co-workers, family members or friends outside of an established provider/patient relationship. This includes diagnosis and treatment beyond emergency response or first aid for work-related injuries and personal health problems.

Health care workers can become inappropriately involved while treating each other. This includes performing lab tests and X-rays, starting IVs and administering fluids or medication for themselves or others. Employees who treat themselves, co-workers, friends or family put themselves and the individuals they treat at risk. The dangers include:

  • Health risks to the person treated. We are experts in the treatment of children and adolescents, not adults
  • Failure to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations
  • Delay in or absence of workers' compensation reporting if the treated individual suffers long-term problems that could affect coverage
  • Inappropriate use of hospital resources, equipment and supplies
  • Violation of policies that could result in corrective action up to and including termination

All workplace injuries must be reported to the employee's supervisor and Employee Health and Wellness. Employee Health and Wellness may provide treatment or refer the employee for outside care.

Familiarize yourself with the "Self or Co-worker Diagnosis and Treatment of Work-related Injuries or Other Health Problems and Treatment of Family Members" policy posted on the intranet under "Quick Links," then "Policies and Procedures." This policy prohibits the treatment of family members or friends and applies to all departments and locations. For more information, talk to your leader.

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