Personal Injury

Patient/Visitor Injuries

Respond to injured and report incident:

Within Medical Center:

Outside Medical Center:

Employee Work-Related Injuries/Illnesses

  • If emergency care is needed, go to a DUHS Emergency Department or call 911
  • All work-related injuries/illnesses regardless of the severity must be reported to your supervisor.
  • Fill out a Report of Occupational Injury/Illness Form within 24 hours.  You can find this form on the Duke Human Resources Website.
  • Obtain care for non-life threatening injuries through EOHW.  When EOHW is closed, employees may seek treatment at Duke Urgent Care or a DUHS Emergency Room.
  • All work-related exposures to blood or body fluids are to be reported immediately through the Employee Blood/Body Fluid Hotline, (919) 684-8115 or 115 from a campus land-line phone.

Employee Occupational Health & Wellness (EOHW) (919) 684-3136
Workers’ Compensation - (919) 684-6693

Animal Bites/Scratches

  • Wash affected area thoroughly with soap and water 3-5 minutes and then cover with a bandage or sterile dressing. Flush eyes as appropriate.
  • Report injury to supervisor immediately.
  • Fill out a Report of Occupational Injury/Illness Form within 24 hours.

Warning: Bites, scratches or exposure to body fluids received from non-human primates can be extremely serious.  Please seek immediate attention from Employee Occupational Health & Wellness (EOHW).  If animal bites/scratches or exposure to body fluids occurs from any non-rodent species, please notify the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources.

Division of Laboratory Animal Resources - (919) 684-2797

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

  • Develop over time and can take a long time to heal
  • Can be quite painful and reduce overall effectiveness and efficiency
  • Occur in any part of the body
  • A variety of risk factors (personal and work-related) can increase the risk of developing a MSD
  • Reducing exposure to these risk factors may reduce the likelihood of developing injury
  • The sooner a MSD is identified, the better the chances of quickly recovering or preventing possible progression of the problem

MSD Signs and Symptoms

Seek medical treatment if you experience any of these MSD signs or symptoms:

  • Inflammation, pain, redness, swelling, heat
  • Numbness or tingling of the fingers, leg or foot
  • Loss of function
  • Deformity

For an ergonomic assessment of your work area, contact the Ergonomics Division.

OESO Ergonomics Division - (919) 668-ERGO(3746)