Medical Treatment

The definition of ‘medical treatment’ is specifically defined by OSHA in terms of the lagging total recordable and lost time injury metrics.  Broadly speaking a medical treatment entails treatment by a doctor and/or receipt of a prescription for medication, which is distinguished from less severe incidents, remedied with ‘first aid.’

“Any condition that is treated, or that should have been treated, with a treatment not on the first aid list ‘Medical treatment’ means the management and care of a patient to combat disease or disorder. Medical treatment does not include:

·         Visits to a physician or other licensed health care professional solely for observation or counseling;

·         The conduct of diagnostic procedures, such as x-rays and blood tests, including the administration of prescription medications used solely for diagnostic purposes (e.g., eye drops to dilate pupils).

References: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9638

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