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Eyewash stations hinge on chemical use as opposed to a wholesale requirement

Eyewash stations are only required by OSHA in specific instances, and those instances are discerned through a review of the material safety data sheets (MSDS) for the chemicals being used.

If an MSDS indicates that first aid response to an eye exposure requires flushing for 15 or more minutes, then you are looking at an eyewash station. Anything less than 15 minutes, no eyewash is required.

If you remove the chemicals in question [more]

2/3 audio conference looks at lesser-known Joint Commission interpretations

We’re excited about an upcoming audio conference on February 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern that will explore Joint Commission interpretations and FAQs that you might not know a lot about.

“Physical Environment Compliance 2010: The Joint Commission’s Latest Interpretations and Survey Hotspots” will help you put these interpretations and other practical strategies to work immediately at your hospital. Here’s the full agenda for the show: [more]

Thoughts about securing medications delivered via a tube system

A plant ops director asked me recently about medications delivered by a tube system and handled in the following scenarios:

  • Allowed to remain sitting in a tube station in the nursing area
  • Placed in an open basket behind the nursing station
  • Put in the possession of the unit team leader

There is no clear method for managing medications delivered to patient units via the tube system. The overarching national regulatory standards in this regard do not [more]

Solid bottoms on supply carts? Judge it with a risk assessment

I was chatting with a safety professional who asked about wire carts needing a solid bottom shelf.

This is one of those best practice solutions that is derived from local (and sometimes state) public health codes. Where this comes up during Joint Commission surveys is infection control standard IC.02.02.01, EP 4, which calls for [more]

With OR humidity, follow CMS and risk assessment findings

There is a great deal of not-quite-controversy relative to humidity concerns in operating rooms (OR) because of the personal comfort aspect.

The American Institute of Architects’ 2001 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Healthcare Facilities indicate a temperature range [more]

Using your Swiss Army knife on protected health information

Recently on our chat group, Patient Safety Talk, someone raised a question about how to properly dispose of medication bottles that had patient information on them in terms of HIPAA compliance.

My best advice would be to [more]

Be wary about using fire drills as emergency management tests

I was recently asked whether fire drills could count towards The Joint Commission’s requirements for emergency management tests under EM.03.01.03.

I suppose if you evaluated a fire drill to the extent called for under [more]

Doctor stabbed: When something goes wrong, security feels the heat

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston finds itself in the unenviable position of trying to deal with a pair of high-profile security incidents within the past nine days. [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]