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Problem areas within the hospital for chemical risks

When it comes to minimizing chemical risks in the environment of care, the lab and pharmacy are definitely areas that have experienced the greatest improvements over time.

To be fair, those areas should be evaluating [more]

Put pressure on vendors after medical equipment mishaps

When it comes to medical device problems that don’t injure patients, exert some leverage back on your vendors in the absence of any regulatory structure.

I imagine that in the contractual relationships you have with vendors, they are on the hook to provide you with appropriately maintained equipment. I think that a vendor would at least be [more]

The FDA encourages hospitals to stop using Steris SS1 processor

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tells hospitals to seek alternatives for their Steris System 1 (SS1) processor, that’s bound to get a reaction.

The SS1 system is commonly used by hospitals for surgical and endoscopy device disinfection and sterilization. However, in a safety notice published December 3, the FDA says Steris Corp. modified the SS1 and that the agency hasn’t approved the modifications yet.

“FDA has received some reports [more]

Further thoughts on patient-owned equipment in the hospital

A quick follow-up to a post I made last week about patient-owned equipment coming into the hospital:

One thing you might want to consider relative to these types of devices is whether [more]

Joint Commission offers guidance, but no mandates, for patient-owned items

Many of you deal with patient-owned equipment, such as hair dryers, coming into the hospital.

The Joint Commission published an FAQ on this topic last year, and this is one of those instances in which, in opening the risk assessment door, the FAQ provides just enough semi-specific information to confuse matters. [more]

Ensure someone in-house at least monitors medical equipment maintenance

From an empirical standpoint, each department with medical equipment being maintained by contract should have an inventory and be able to quantify compliance with whatever preventive maintenance sequence is identified.

The Joint Commission grants a lot of leeway [more]

Keeping a grip on your outsourced medical equipment management

When it comes to medical device management outsourced to vendors, you might consider monitoring the performance of equipment managed by contract as a function of downtime.

It may be that you are paying for more service than [more]

Keeping tabs on glutaraldehyde sneaking back in

A word of advice relative to conducting safety rounds: Sometimes a little due diligence will help keep things on the straight and narrow.

Lately in my client work, I’ve been running into glutaraldehyde-based disinfectants [more]

Follow-up about computers-on-wheels in corridors

I was talking to Steve MacArthur earlier today about some comments and e-mails we received regarding computers-on-wheels (COWs) in egress corridors, which Steve wrote about last week.

In his post, he noted a CMS memo that mentioned which wheeled items can remain in corridors. Two points we wanted to clarify [more]

Don’t park your wheeled computers in egress corridors

When it comes to computers-on-wheels (COWs) in corridors, the same rule applies as it would for most other items in egress corridors. Any item in a corridor (regardless of it’s purpose) may be left unattended for up to 30 minutes, after which, CMS has determined, the item ceases to be “in use” and becomes “storage.”

There are two exceptions [more]