Because the demand for orthopedic services is expected to grow at an exponential pace at the same time that the workforce is aging, Sethi views the matter as "very serious."
"How do we maintain the health of an aging workforce?" he asks. As surgeons, "we have to start thinking of issues of policy." The report calls on hospitals and health systems to establish occupational safety as an "institutional priority with support from high levels of management."
The financial impact of workforce injuries is clear. Less clear is the reason for the apparent neglect of the matter by hospital and health system executives. Senior HR leaders who take heed of the coming confluence of aging workers and the growing demand for healthcare services have a chance to spare their organizations the negative financial consequences of injured healthcare providers.
They may even put themselves in a position to steal market share from competitors who have not prepared and can't meet the demand for services.