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Learn the latest strategies for ED violence prevention at our symposium

Anyone who’s ever seen healthcare security expert Fred Roll speak knows he packs his discussions with details and examples, so we’re bound to have a lively discussion about ED violence when Roll appears at our 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 6-7.

Roll will look at how to better prepare the ED for workplace violence and pandemic surges. When developing this session, we thought it made sense to focus on one of the most problem-prone areas of the hospital when it comes to security concerns, so attendees will walk away with specific ideas to bring back to their EDs.

You still have plenty of time to join us live in Las Vegas for the Hospital Safety Center Symposium. If eduation budgets remain tight at your facility, you can also participate virtually via a live Webcast of the event.

I encourage you to check out our full agenda and speakers for this exciting program, and whether it’s in person or on the Web, I’m looking forward to meeting many of you.

New CDC numbers indicate mandatory flu shot policies noticeably increase vaccination rates among employees

The CDC posted an interesting report yesterday, based on a Web survey the agency conducted, that you should read if you’re at all involved with seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccination efforts.

Here are the highlights [more]

How goeth your respirator fit-testing?

While it does appear that a bullet was dodged when the supremacy of the N-95 respirators in regards to managing staff exposures to H1N1 wasn’t quite roundly validated, the thought did occur to me that [more]

CDC statistics: H1N1 has killed at least 20,000 less than typical seasonal flu

Crunching some numbers will help compare the number of people infected by seasonal flu versus those infected by the H1N1 swine flu virus.

How many people become infected? [more]

What’s your flu season story?

During this flu season, I’ve seen a lot of interesting applications of the incident command model as folks have ramped up, and down, and up, and down, finally arriving at a sort of plateau relative to implementation.

Some managers have gone so far as to activate [more]

California recalls N95 respirators for poor fit-tests

In a development from California that bears watching elsewhere, the state’s OSHA agency has recalled a stockpile of 3M 8000 N95 respirators issued to healthcare workers.

The state says poor fit-testing is to blame for the recall. You can learn more about this situation from our sister blog, OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

Expect OSHA inspectors to scrutinize your written pandemic flu plans

Reading through OSHA’s new directive on H1N1 inspections at healthcare facilities, the document notes how inspectors will review written pandemic flu plans.

Such plans do not [more]

OSHA’s big messages with new H1N1 compliance directive

Just a quick note that OSHA today posted a compliance directive that helps guide inspectors as they visit hospitals treating potential or confirmed H1N1 swine flu patients.

I think there are two broad messages to take out of the compliance directive: [more]

Even splintered, life safety standards top the citation list so far in 2009

When The Joint Commission announced a while back that the old EC.5.20 was the top cited standard in hospitals in 2008, there some observers (including me) who thought that statistic would be hard to repeat. After all, it was reasoned, the all-encompassing EC.5.20 had splintered into various new life safety standards in 2009, none of which would carry the punch of their predecessor.

Well, we non-believers were wrong. Information just released by Joint Commission Resources yesterday shows that for the first half of 2009, two life safety standards and an environment of care standard – all of them related to fire protection requirements – comprised three of the top five most cited standards in hospitals. [more]

OSHA raises the stakes in the N95 respirator debate

The October 20 edition of our free sister e-newsletter, OSHA Healthcare Connection, has generated a fair amount of what I like to think of as consternation.

At this point, I think most folks are familiar with the CDC coming down squarely on the side of N95 respirators versus surgical masks for use as personal protective equipment during our little H1N1 event.

I’ve heard from some folks [more]