A major part of Victoria ER’s mission to offer our patients the best comprehensive care possible that meets their needs within the full context of their lives, including their jobs and careers. That is why Victoria ER has developed and implemented an occupational medicine program.
Occupational Medicine’s Role in Patient CareOccupational medicine, known alternatively as occ-med, is an area of medicine that deals with patients’ occupational health concerns. Occ-med has several goals relating to occupational health including the following:
- Ensuring that patients are fit to return to work after an illness, accident, or medical procedure.
- Ensuring that patients are in a safe work environment that does not compromise their health or safety.
- Ensuring that patients receive surgery, rehabilitative therapy, and other treatments that are well-suited to their professional needs and activities.
- Striving to minimize the number of sick days needed for recovery.
- Striving to reduce the number of OSHA recordable events at a job site.
How Occupational Medicine Serves Both Employees and EmployersA major benefit of occupational medicine is that it takes the full context of the patient’s life into consideration when developing treatment and rehabilitation programs. We understand that our patients’ careers are a fundamental part in bettering their quality of life. Being unable to work for a protracted period of time, or being forced to change careers because of an inability to continue performing the same duties, can be devastating not just to an individual patient but also to his or her entire family.
Occupational medicine also benefits employers by helping to minimize workplace disruption due to sick days and absent employees. Occ-med also helps employers create safe, healthy environments for workers and reduces the number of OSHA recordable incidents, which in turn cuts costs and increases productivity.
About Victoria ER’s Occupational Medicine ProgramVictoria ER’s high quality occupational medicine program is designed to meet the goals and achieve the benefits discussed above. Our physicians collaborate with occupational medicine specialists to develop fully comprehensive and individualized treatment plans for our patients.
Victoria ER also confers with companies to make sure that their work environment is safe and healthy, allowing us to engage with and contribute to our local community. We are proud to help build a better work environment for our patients and our city.