[MCOH-EH] Streamlining pre-placement medical evaluations for HCWs?

Deanna Prater dprater at luhonline.com
Wed Feb 23 13:37:31 PST 2022

Employee health has a brief medical questionnaire that is provided after 
the job offer has been made.  We ask if an accommodation is needed.  The 
new hire then meets with our rehab department for a basic physical 
capacities test to see if they can physically perform the basic 
functions of their job.  They demonstrate that they can lift, push, pull 
etc. weights based on their job description.  We also have employees go 
through Employee Health and Rehab when they are returning to work after 
time off for a medical condition.  This has been helpful for us to 
identify individuals who cannot physically do the tasks required for 
their job.  I've even had cases where the Provider has cleared them to 
return to work, but EH or Rehab has identified they cannot.

Deanna Prater BSN, RN
Director of Infection Control, Employee Health & Safety
600 Ranch Road
Reedsport, Oregon 97467
(541) 271-6323
Fax: (541) 271-6353
dprater at luhonline.com

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>Dear All,
>We are reviewing our preplacement medical evaluations for HCWs.
>We may not require a hands-on physical exam for all staff, and may base that on actual injury rates by department, etc. For all HCWs, we will review their pre-placement questionnaire (for indications to do a hands-on physical exam) vaccines, etc.
>I am curious as to what others of you may be doing to make the process more streamlined, yet effective?
>Thank you,
>Craig D. Thorne, M.D., MPH, MBA
>Chief Medical Director, Occupational Medicine and Business Health Services
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