Earlier in my career working in an emergency department, I learned to expect the unexpected. In fact, I thrived in chaos and welcomed the opportunity to be a part of a team that helped save the lives of those in need. But when it comes to occupational health, the focus lies in prevention; preventing unnecessary tragedies from occurring which impact not only the employee, but their families and employer.
A Day a Nurse Never Forgets
While working my shift one day, we received a call from EMS notifying us of a transport that would soon be arriving in the emergency department. It involved a 27 year old male patient who had been injured while working. The employer had limited information about the victim and explained the employee had only been working there for three weeks with that day being the first he was working independently.
What the employer did not know was that the employee suffered from a medical problem that at times would cause him to become disoriented, which was likely what caused his accident.
Despite live saving efforts, the employee did not survive the accident.
To this day, I will never forget the tears in his spouse’s eyes, holding their young toddlers, as we had to notify her of his demise.
Pre-Employment Testing Saves Lives
Kelli Billings, Occupational Health Program Client Liaison, explains “Pre-employment testing helps to ensure your new employees are healthy, fit and safe to do the job they were hired for. This in turn helps to protect not only the new employee but the existing population as well.”
Had the employer implemented a pre-employment testing program that would have identified the medical condition which placed him at risk of potential injury, I truly believe that tragedy could have been prevented.
Isn’t it time to simplify your occupational health needs with a single source?
Axiom Medical believes that anything worth doing is worth doing every day! Through years of experience in production and service industries, we have seen firsthand the value of the employee health journey and how it transforms organizations with a simplified process of comprehensive occupational health. Some of the services we offer includes:
On-Demand Periodic/Random Testing
Absence Management and Return to Work
Exit and Post-Employment Testing
Give us a call at 281.465.7100 to find out just how easy a simplified solution can be!
Holly is an ER nurse by trade, but loves content marketing. She was born outside the box and believes everything is better with “sprinkles and sparkles”. She is passionate about impacting lives and uses marketing as her platform for sharing practical solutions to address real life occupational health challenges.
Find out more about our Injury Case Management services or our Occupational Health Programs.