Occupational Injury Clinic (2023)

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About Us

The Occupational Injury Clinic assesses and treats work related injury and illnesses and provides post-exposure assessment and management of blood-borne pathogen injuries (i.e. HIV, HBV, and HCV).

Our Programs and Services

  • Acute Injury Management -Provide prompt, efficient and quality medical care to employees who have sustained acute non-urgent work related injuries utilizing evidence-based medicine and ACOEM guidelines.
  • Repetitive Trauma Management -Evaluation of cumulative trauma disorders occurring in the workplace with emphasis on diagnosis, treatment and identification of causative ergonomic stressors.
  • Case Management -Coordinate prompt referral of injured employees requiring more extensive medical care to other specialty providers in accordance with medical management guidelines and expedite recommended diagnostic tests and treatment.
  • 24-Hour Hotline Needle Stick and Body Fluid Exposure Management(5-STIX)-Provide a timely evaluation and initial management following bloodborne pathogen exposure including testing of known exposure source.

Click here to fill outSTIXReportForm.

Note: The Occupational Injury Clinic launched a new online web-form for reporting Low Risk Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Incidents (CDCLink). This web-form is available anytime and from anywhere if you are an employee of the JHMI/JHU working on the East Baltimorecampus and have been accidentally exposed to a low risk potentially infectious body fluids.

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The goal of this web-form is to provide employees with a convenient mechanism of reporting the incident during their busy schedules and will improve reporting compliance as well. The website will NOT replace the 5-STIX hotline that is available 24 hours a day for employees needing assistance and counseling. This form does not apply to individuals who sustain an animal related pathogen exposure. Any work-related injury/accident still requires you to complete, sign and submit an Incident Reportseparately.

Our Services

  • Communicate closely with department managers/supervisors that work-related injuries sustained by their employees are reported and evaluated promptly.
  • Collaborate with worker’s compensation case manager to facilitate medical treatment and referral including PT, OT, Pharmacy, DME and community resources.
  • Facilitate completion of ergonomic surveys, safety investigation and job analysis by working closely with Environmental Safety Officers.
  • Work closely with employee’s managers/supervisors regarding employee’s work status and outlined restrictions whether a reasonable accommodation can be made.
  • Coordinate with Disability Case Managers (DCM) transitional duty assignments for hospital employees with non-accommodated work restrictions.
  • Provide periodic and episodic medical management of employees with known history of work-related injuries.
  • Manage and provide a comprehensive follow up evaluation of employees with bloodborne pathogen exposure following CDC guidelines and infectious disease recommendations.
  • Provide liaison with Workers Compensation Claims Office and the injured employee to expedite decisions regarding issues of their claims, lost time and medical bill.


  • The JHH Emergency Department is utilized for all urgent medical treatment of on-the-job injury or illness.

    If an employee is seriously injured or becomes acutely ill on the job, and needs immediate medical attention, call 5-4444. Examples of serious medical conditions include loss of consciousness, life threatening injury, seizures, and/or change in mental status. In such cases the employee should be accompanied by a supervisor or coworker. If there is a question of severity, contact the Occupational Injury Clinic for assistance in determining the appropriate care facility.

  • All employees who sustain an EYE INJURY on the job are to report directly to the Emergency Room of the Wilmer Eye Institute (Wilmer 3). The Wilmer Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Employees who have sustained a BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURE are to dial 5-STIX (5-7849) immediately for further instructions.

    Employees who show signs or symptoms of contagious or infectious diseases, and employees who have been exposed to infectious diseases, must be referred to the Occupational Health Services (OHS) for diagnosis and recommendation of appropriate therapy as well as determination of their suitability to continue to work. Refer to Policy: Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases. OHS is located in the Church Home Building at 98 N. Broadway, phone 955-6211.

  • The Occupational Injury Clinic is established to treat and manage all cases of non-urgent work-related injury. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. Closed on JHH Holidays. Phone 955-6433. All work-related injuries no matter how minor must be reported to a supervisor immediately, and employees must be seen in the Clinic. When the Clinic is closed, dial 5-6433 and listen for further instructions on the recording.

    Employees who have been seen in the Adult Emergency Room or Wilmer Emergency Room for work-related injuries must contact the Clinic on the next available business day for further disposition.


    1. Report any work-related injury or illness to your supervisor immediately.

    2. Obtain a Report of Incident form from your supervisor and proceed to the Occupational Injury Clinic (or Emergency Department when the clinic is closed) for evaluation.

    3. Follow instructions of health care providers in the Occupational Injury Clinic or ED, particularly those regarding follow-up contact and/or visits. If evaluated in the Adult or Wilmer Emergency Rooms or via a 5-STIX bloodborne pathogen exposure evaluation, contact the Occupational Injury Clinic on the next available business day for further disposition.

    4. After exiting the Clinic, deliver the appropriate employee referral form to your supervisor immediately.

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      a. Review any restrictions with your supervisor.

      b. Read "PART IV" on the JHWC Medical Restriction Form, date it and sign your name.

    5. Report on time for any appointments scheduled or coordinated by the Occupational Injury Clinic. If you are unable to keep an appointment, notify the appropriate facility and reschedule another appointment. [NOTE: Many departments also have policies on absences and/or lateness for appointments. Arriving late for an appointment may necessitate rescheduling. Continued absences may result in disciplinary action for noncompliance].

    6. Return to Occupational Injury Clinic after all appointments with specialty physicians.

    7. Contact your department as well as Occupational Injury Clinic if you are unable to work as scheduled. You may be requested to report to the Clinic for further evaluation on the day of absence.

    8. Discuss the issue of Family Medical Leave with your supervisor. If applicable, complete a "Request for Family Medical Leave (FML)" form and have the Certification by a Health Care Provider form completed. Return both forms to the Benefits Office.

    9. Return to Occupational Injury Clinic if your symptoms persist, worsen, or recur.

    10. If directed by the Occupational Injury Clinic, contact Occupational Health Services regarding possible job accommodation/transfer.

    1. Determine if the employee's illness or injury on the job needs immediate medical attention. Refer to definitions/guidelines in this document (page 1).

    2. Complete an Employee Report of Incident. Retain the last copy; the first two copies should accompany the employee to the treatment location. If unable to complete an incident report at the time of the injury,

      a. A call to the Occupational Injury Clinic or Emergency Room is required to properly identify the employee and department, and to provide a brief explanation of the incident.

      b. Complete the Employee Report of Incident Form before the end of the shift. Deliver the form to Occupational Injury Clinic, Blalock 139 before the end of the next business day.

      c. If the employee reports an injury but refuses to proceed to the Occupational Injury Clinic, complete the Employee Report of Incident Form. Document that "employee refused treatment at this time" and forward the Form to the Occupational Injury Clinic.

    3. Review the employee referral form given to your employee upon exiting evaluation in the Occupational Injury Clinic. These forms will note any restricted duty, referrals, follow-up appointments, etc.

      a.Determine if you can accommodate restrictions and check the appropriate slot.

      b.If you cannot accommodate the injured employee's restriction, or if you need assistance in determining an accommodation, contact the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) at 5-5918.

      c.Review the restrictions with the employee.Sign the supervisor section Part III.The employee is to sign Part IV.

      d.Have the employee return to the Occupational Injury Clinic with the completed form.

      e.If the employee has a permanent restriction which precludes them from performing an essential function of their job, he/she will be referred to the Occupational Health Services for evaluation of potential job accommodation.If a reasonable accommodation is not possible, the employee may be terminated.

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      f.The Employee Benefits Office will discuss the employee's options regarding the availability of disability and/or other benefits.

    4. Advise the employee to complete the Request for Family Medical Leave (FML) form and to have the Certification by a Health Care Provider completed. The Occupational Injury Clinic can complete the certification portion of the form. Both forms should be returned to the Benefits Office.

    5. Discuss injury/illness with employee to prevent recurrence, understand factors involved, and arrange for engineering controls or other hazard abatement methods.

    1. Provide prompt, efficient, quality care to employees who have sustained work-related injury/illness.

    2. Evaluate return to duty status with or without restrictions.

    3. Arrange necessary follow-up.

    4. Refer cases to designated specialty physicians in accordance with medical management guidelines.

    5. Review restrictions, follow-up appointments, referrals, and other information on Employee Referral/JHWC Medical Restriction Form as well as instructions outlined on the injury care sheet.

    6. Communicate to supervisor all time away from work (appointments, "LOD", etc.), disposition, changes in work status via Employee Referral/JHWC Medical Restriction Form, telephone contact, or fax.

    7. Coordinate job analysis with Environmental Health Officer.

    8. Contact Occupational Health Services to ascertain whether employee can perform essential functions of the job, as determined by the employee's supervisor with assistance from the Environmental Health Officer.

    9. Assist management in determining whether a reasonable accommodation may be made.

    1. Process all incident reports.

    2. Prepare a First Report of Injury to be sent to the State of Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission and the Maryland Department of Labor and Industry.

    3. Determine the compensability of an alleged injury and approve all lost time resulting from a work-related injury.

    4. Prepare a claim form for employees who have lost more than three days from work due to an accepted on-the-job injury.

    5. Prepare a Workers' Compensation Benefit check for an employee who was placed off work due to an accepted on-the-job injury.

    6. Process all related medical care bills incurred by employees for an accepted on-the-job injury.

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    7. Notify employees, via mail, when a reported incident is not accepted as a compensable injury.

    1. Evaluate employees who cannot perform their former job duties for a reasonable accommodation.

    1. Conduct job analysis as requested by Occupational Injury Clinic.

    2. Evaluate job duties of those employees with medical restrictions and provide direction to supervisors regarding the accommodation of employees.

    3. Convey results of job analysis and associated recommendations to supervisor.

    4. Report results of job analysis and associated recommendations to Occupational Injury Clinic.

    5. Conduct on-site evaluation of all incidents involving significant injury, ergonomics and indoor air quality.

    6. Report results of evaluation to Occupational Injury Clinic.

  • Employee Relations Specialist will review letter prepared by the supervisor/manager, advising the employee of the medical layoff.

    For bargaining unit employees, the Employee Relations Specialist will notify the Union pursuant to the letter being forwarded to the employee. A copy of the letter will be sent to the Benefits Office for consideration regarding benefits.

    Upon receipt of the letter regarding the termination of employment, the Benefits Office will determine what benefits may be continued and will advise the employee accordingly.

Contact Us

Johns Hopkins Occupational Injury Clinic
Location: Blalock 139
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 410-955-6433

Our Staff

East Baltimore
Judith G. McKenzie, MD,- Medical Director
Conrad G. Utanes, MS, CRNP - Manager
Rowena Villacorta, MS, CRNP -Advanced Practice Providers
Penny Padousis MS, CRNP -Advanced Practice Providers
Jisoon Hwang, MS, CRNP -Advanced Practice Providers
Maryellen Stahley-Brown, MS, CRNP -Advanced Practice Providers
Briana McCallum- Staff Assistant
Karen Caldwell MS - Occupational Health Service Coordinator
Jessica Carillo - Occupational Health Service Coordinator

East Baltimore - Part-Time Medical Attending Staff
Robert Lavin, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Jeffrey A Tornheim, MD MPH - Infectious Disease
Justin Bailey, MD, PhD - Infectious Disease
Michael Chattergoon. MD, PhD - Infectious Disease

Conrad G. Utanes, MS, CRNP - Manager
Jessica Carrillo- Occupational Health Service Coordinator


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If someone is injured you should:
  • first check that you and the casualty aren't in any danger, and, if possible, make the situation safe.
  • if necessary, phone 999 or 112 for an ambulance when it's safe to do so.
  • carry out basic first aid.
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Which of the following would not require an employer to report a work related injury to OSHA? ›

In accordance with the OSH Act, OSHA does not require employers to record cases that only involve "minor" injuries or illnesses, i.e., do not involve death, loss of consciousness, days away from work, restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job, medical treatment other than first aid, or diagnosis of a ...

What is the #1 injury among health care workers? ›

The most common cause of injury is “overexertion or bodily reaction.”

Which type of work related injury causes the most absences from work? ›

For all lost-worktime injuries and illnesses, the leading event and exposure was overexertion (slightly more than a fourth of the total of 2 million cases).

What are 3 things you must have when an accident happens? ›

According to the III, here's the most important information drivers should exchange after an accident: Full name and contact information. Insurance company and policy number. Driver's license and license plate number.

What are five things you must do at an accident scene? ›

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What 4 types of issues are not covered by workers compensation? ›

What injuries are NOT covered by workers' comp?
  • An incident that arose out of an act of God.
  • Common, one-time illnesses such as influenza or headaches.
  • Condition(s) that existed before an employee was hired or began performing a particular job.
  • Contracting ordinary disease of life.

What should not be included in an incident report? ›

An incident report should be objective and supported by facts. Avoid including emotional, opinionated, and biased statements in the incident report. It should provide both sides of the story and should not favor one side.

What should not be included in the incident report of the patient? ›

Include any statement a patient makes that may help to clarify his state of mind, as well as his own contributory negligence. It's equally important to know what does not belong in an incident report. Opinions, finger-pointing, and conjecture are not helpful additions to an incident report.

What are the most common occupational injuries in healthcare? ›

Injuries most frequently seen in healthcare workers include: Sprains and strains. Slipped discs and other back injuries. Punctures and cuts.

What are the 4 types of injuries? ›

Dislocations. Electrical injuries. Fractures (broken bones) Sprains and strains.

What is a Level 1 injury? ›

Patients with the most serious injuries are designated a level 1 trauma, indicating a need for a larger trauma team and faster response time. The determination of trauma code criteria varies between hospitals and is based on elements such as physiologic data, types of injury, and mechanism of injury.

What is the #1 cause of employee injury? ›

Liberty Mutual found that overexertion is the leading cause of workplace injuries, followed by injuries related to falling. Knowing the most common workplace injuries and how to prevent them can have a significant impact on the safety of your employees and the longevity of your business.

How much do I get paid for injury on duty? ›

If you have a 100% disability you will get paid 75% (three-quarters) of your wages. If the disability is less serious, the Commissioner will work out the monthly payment. The monthly payment will be paid for the rest of your life. If the disability is less than a 30% disability, you'll get paid a lump sum.

What part of the body is injured most at work? ›

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What is the formula for personal injury settlements? ›

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What are the 4 steps in the accident investigation process? ›

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  4. Implement corrective actions.
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What should you not document in a patient's chart? ›

  • Don't chart a symptom such as “c/o pain,” without also charting how it was treated.
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What are the 5 most common work related injuries? ›

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What are the 3 most common injuries? ›

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What are the two basic injury types? ›

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What are the top 3 workplace injuries? ›

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  3. Vehicle Related Accidents. ...
  4. Fire And Explosions. ...
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What is a Class 3 injury? ›

Class 3 incidents do not cause medium or long term damage. controls. A work‐related injury resulting in a fatality, permanent disability or time lost from work of one day/shift or more.

What is a Level 2 injury? ›

Level II (Potentially Life Threatening): A Level of Trauma evaluation for a patient who meets mechanism of injury criteria with stable vital signs pre-hospital and upon arrival.

What is a priority 3 injury? ›

Priority 3 (Green) "Walking-wounded" Victims who are not seriously injured, are quickly triaged and tagged as "walking wounded", and a priority 3 or "green" classification (meaning delayed treatment/transportation).

What is the most common injury claim on workmans comp? ›

Injuries that Commonly Result in Workers' Comp Claims
  • Sprains and strains (30 percent)
  • Lacerations or puncture wounds (19 percent)
  • Bruising or contusions (12 percent)
  • Inflammatory injuries- e.g., tendonitis and plantar fasciitis (5 percent)
  • Broken bones (5 percent of all claims annually)
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What is the most frequently reported injury to workers? ›

1, Slips, trips, and falls

The National Safety Council (NSC) says that the top three leading causes of work-related injuries are overexertion, bodily reaction and slips, trips, and falls. These account for a whopping 84 per cent of all nonfatal injuries at work, says the NSC.

How long after a workplace accident can you make a claim? ›

Accident at work claim time limit: For accidents at work, you will have three years from the date of your workplace accident to claim. Slip, trip or fall accident: Injuries that occur from a slip, trip or fall have a three-year time limit from the date of accident.

Which of the following in-patient services would not require reporting to OSHA? ›

No, you do not have to report an in-patient hospitalization that involves only observation or diagnostic testing. You must only report to OSHA each inpatient hospitalization that involves care or treatment. How does OSHA define "amputation"?

Which of the following workplace injuries does not need to be recorded? ›

Injuries that do not require medical treatment beyond first aid are generally not recordable.

Which of the following would most likely not be considered a reportable injury according to OSHA? ›

The correct option is:

Option B- John sprains his ankle after tangled in his car's seat belt; it is not considered a workplace accident or injury because it is not work-related.

What companies are exempt from OSHA reporting? ›

There are two exemptions to OSHA's recordkeeping requirements. The first exemption is for companies with 10 or fewer employees. These companies must keep injury and illness records only if OSHA specifically requires them to do so. The second exemption is for establishments classified in certain low-hazard industries.


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