Dealing with Biohazards, Fitness-for-Duty, and Return-to-Work Challenges in Select Populations

2 Hours 49 Minutes
SKU: 14ACOEM-314

TRACK(S): OEM Clinical Practice; Environmental Health and Risk Management

Amy J. Behrman, MD*, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Co-Moderator)
Faiyaz A. Bhojani, MD, DrPH, FACP, FACOEM, FACPM*, Shell & University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX (Co-Moderator)
James Fitko, MD, MPH, FACOEM*, Shell Health Americas, Norco, LA
Steven M. Hetrick, MD, MPH*, US Air Force, Lackland AFB, TX
Tufail Q. Shaikh, MD, FACOEM*, Consultant, Bellaire, TX
Suzanne M. Shepherd, MD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

This session will provide a case-based approach to medical management of biohazards with an emphasis on acute presentations and early treatment to prevent sequelae. Decontamination principles, post-exposure
prophylaxis, and the special needs of medically vulnerable staff will be included. The U.S. Air Force augments its deployment force with civilian employees across a variety of occupational specialties. For this presentation, the faculty looked at more than 100 pre-deployment evaluations of government employees serving in jobs across the spectrum of teaching, plumbing, dog handling, and intelligence analysts. The presentation summarizes findings and dispositions of the pre-deployment assessments and compares group statistics with those of the general force. This session will discuss the six common misconceptions which act as barriers in the practice of evidence-based RTW decision making by those who provide health care to injured workers, along with case studies and practical tips for streamlining RTW process.