Job related illness and injury
Work medicine, sometimes referred to as occupation medicine or environmental medicine) is devoted to the prevention and treatment of job-related illness and injury. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 reveal that over 4,600 workers were killed on the job and nearly 50,000 workers died of occupational related diseases; this equates to almost 150 workers dying each day. These numbers are quite staggering and businesses of all sizes, now more than ever, are partnering with occupational medical specialists to provide job-safety training, health education, injury prevention programs, as well as prompt medical treatment for work-related injuries.
As a specialized field, Occupational Medicine provides a unique, proactive approach that is simple, convenient and comprehensive. It can help reduce workplace hazards and other health issues that can adversely affect employee productivity.
As one way to help control medical costs, many business are offering a host of work-related medical services to their employees with the goal of helping increase health and safety while on the job. Nurse Case Managers facilitate communication between the worker, employer, provider and insurance carrier, monitoring the employee’s progress from the initial visit to their return to full duty at work. Case Management is the critical link between the injured worker and the employer.
Portneuf Medical Center’s WorkMed Occupational Health Center is a comprehensive occupational medicine clinic specializing in injury and illness care. Occupational Medicine (OEM) physicians are knowledgeable regarding the laws and regulations, work fitness, return to work and disability management.
To schedule an appointment or to discuss any work-related health question or to arrange for an in-person consultation of your workplace, please call our WorkMed Clinic Manager at 208-239-1940.
Portneuf WorkMed is dedicated to providing efficient, accurate services to test, diagnose, and treat work related health issues including comprehensive injury and illness care with RN case management.
In addition to illness and injury care of employees, occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) clinics provide: pre-employment exams, DOT physicals, customized pre-placement and qualification exams, OSHA-mandated and surveillance physical examinations.
Specialists can perform respirator medical exams, auditory testing and hearing conservation programs as well as on-site TB testing, urine and blood collection/testing, breath alcohol testing, EKG testing/interpretation as well as administration of vaccines/immunizations. We treat employees who have had blood borne exposures/needle sticks following CDC guidelines. Workplace wellness programs are also part of our mission as it has been well established that healthy employees and a safe work environment results in fewer workplace injuries, lower costs, more productivity and ultimately happier, healthier and safer employees.
Injury & Illness Care
- Treatment & Diagnosis – Focuses on early rehabilitation and disability prevention
- Case Management – Ensures communication between our clinic, your business, and the insurance company.
- Injury Prevention & Education
Substance Abuse Testing
- Department of Transportation (DOT) and Non-DOT Urine Drug Collection
- Expert Interpretation by a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO)
- Breath Alcohol Testing
- Qualification Exams
- DOT Physicals
- Customized Pre-Placement Physicals
- Respirator Medical Clearance
- Medical Surveillance
- Hearing Conservation Programs and Screenings
- OSHA Mandated Exams:
- Hazardous Materials
- Hearing Conservation
- Others on Request
- Flu Shots
- Work Site Evaluations
Roberta Turner, NP
Nick Bullock, NP
Shawn Higbee, DPT