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March 1, 1965

Health Services for Hospital Employees

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Wilmington, Del

JAMA. 1965;191(9):767-768. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080090081036

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To the Editor:—  The editorial emphasis (JAMA190:1065 [Dec 21] 1964) given to the paper by Mammen, H.W. "The Need for Employee Health Services in Hospitals" (Arch Environ Health9:750 [Dec] 1964) is a timely one. His experience in occupational health and industrial hygiene gives Mammen a splendid foundation for an impressive survey of the working environment in an unnamed (understandably!) hospital of 647 beds plus 59 bassinets. The number of employees for the biennial period of the survey averaged 1,740; excluding residents, interns, and student nurses.There were nine identifiable hazards to health, six obvious accident risks, and a variety of sanitation laxities. During the biennium there were 665 injuries; 71 were lost-time accidents (threefold the ratio in industry as a whole).The lack of adequate occupational health services for hospital employees is one which should be a source of embarrassment to hospital management and professional staff

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