BarnesCare Now Offers Hair Alcohol Testing

Alcohol is the most abused substance in the world, and excessive use poses serious health and safety issues. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug use in the workplace costs employers approximately $81 billion in lost productivity. To help our client companies control these costs, BarnesCare is now providing hair alcohol testing.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of nerve, muscle, bone and brain disorders that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. PM&R is one of 24 medical specialties certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Cold stress: Working Safely in Winter Weather

Winter adds its own hazards to your regular safety concerns, so help your employees work safely in winter weather by training them to recognize and protect against its hazards.

Flu Shot Fact or Myth?

Influenza (flu) is a serious disease that can make you sick for a week or longer with coughing, fever, aching and more. It can lead to pneumonia and make existing health problems worse - like diabetes, asthma and heart disease.

Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It also keeps you from bringing the virus home or to work to work and infecting others. There are some misconceptions about flu shots.

BarnesCare Moves Metro into Wellness High Gear
Metro Transit of St. Louis and BarnesCare have entered the fast lane of employee wellness. Corporate wellness coordinator Marissa Giuffre is BarnesCare’s on-site expert who is helping to drive culture change at the bi-state area’s major transportation provider.

What CMV Drivers Need to Know About the DOT Medical Examination at BarnesCare
Federal law requires that drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) receive periodic physical examinations. This examination is defined in regulation as the “Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Examination.” The purpose of the examination is to “detect the presence of physical, mental, or organic defects of such a character and extent as to affect the applicant’s ability to operate a commercial vehicle safely.”

The Importance of Workplace Wellness
“The wealth of business depends on the health of workers.” 
-- Dr. Maria Neira, World Health Organization

The relationship between employee health and individual and organizational performance is more crucial than ever before. The facts are sobering. Tobacco use, physical inactivity and obesity are creating challenging road blocks for businesses, individuals and medical providers.
Body Substance Exposure Hotline
Workers are exposed to many hazards in the workplace. One of the most disconcerting is exposure to infectious diseases. The risks for workers who come in contact with blood and body fluids include, but are not limited to, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV. The potential for exposure is increasing. Each year in the United States, an estimated 78,000 people become infected with Hepatitis B. There are approximately 25,000 new Hepatitis C infections, with 2.9 million people chronically infected and 40,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. annually.

Life-Long Learner Earns Health Coach Certification
The National Society of Health Coaches (NSHC) has awarded the certification of health coach to Diane Palmer, RN, MPH. For Palmer, BarnesCare’s director of clinic operations, the certification is another step in her life-long journey of learning. “I pursued the certification for personal and professional reasons,” says Palmer. “I am passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and want to learn as much as I can. What I learned by studying for the certification will help me in both my personal and professional life. 

Essential Function Testing Reduces Costs
In an effort to better manage injuries and workers’ compensation claims within the Barnes-Jewish Hospital transport department, a team was assembled to conduct a study. The study called for investigating the plausibility of implementing Essential Function Testing for transport employee-candidates. The team was made up of staff members from throughout the organization, including workers’ compensation administration, occupational health and ergonomics. 



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