Archive for: December, 2008

Chemical storage: It’s not a library

By: December 11th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

Let’s say you have a few chemicals to store. The names read: Bromine, Butane, and Butadiene.

Instinctively you probably want to store these chemicals next to each other because it seems logical to alphabetize. However, you should know that all bromine is incompatible with both of the other two chemicals.

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Medical Environment Update—Interpreting the interpretation letters

By: December 10th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

OSHA interpretation letters are intended to clear up any specific questions about standards that are sometimes particularly dense.

Well, we’re here to clear up what OSHA cleared up.

At the end of September, OSHA posted five new interpretation letters covering subjects ranging from blood samples to MSDS forms. Here are a few of the big ones.

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Who’s Who in sharps injury prevention

By: December 9th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

For healthcare workers needlesticks are a serious hazard, so much so that the risk has even forced some out of the medical profession.

That’s why the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) has chosen to recognize five individuals for the 2008 International Sharps Injury Prevention Award.

While ISIPS has been at the forefront of sharps injury prevention all over the world, these people have shown exemplary work ethic behind the scenes in spreading the message of needlestick prevention.

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Poll question: When was your last needlestick exposure?

By: December 8th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

Since the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) has recognized five individuals for the 2008 International Sharps Injury Prevention Award, OHSA Healthcare Advisor is wondering when was the last time your facility dealt with a needlestick exposure? Answer the poll question and let us know what happened in the comments section below.

Also, be sure to download the Bloodborne pathogens post-exposure checklist in the Tools section for tips on what to do when an employee suffers a sharps injury.


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Hand hygiene that sticks with you

By: December 5th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

What if doctors and nurses had access to hand hygiene literally every second of the day?

With hospital acquired infection (HAI) rates being watched much more closely, hand hygiene is becoming much more crucial. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center of Lebanon, NH recently released a study on the use of personal sanitizer dispensers and their effect on HAI’s.

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Ask the expert—Is it against regulations to use a space heater in a physician office?

By: December 4th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

Business occupancies such as a freestanding medical and dental offices and clinics have no space heater restrictions, but other occupancy classifications do.

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Medical Environment Update—Operating and maintaining your steam sterilizer

By: December 1st, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

The December issue of Medical Environment Update looks at steam sterilizers in ambulatory settings, and why proper operation and maintenance is essential for quality patient care and worker safety.

For many healthcare workers, particularly in smaller facilities, autoclave protocols have simply been passed down through generations of employees, says Peg Leubbert, MS, MT(ASCP), CIC, CHSP, owner and consultant at Healthcare Interventions, Inc., in Omaha, NE. “The one thing I see commonly is that the sterilizers have been around since God created them, and no one has the original paperwork that came with it as far as the instructions and troubleshooting and so forth,” Leubbert says.

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New poll question: What’s your flu vaccination rate?

By: December 1st, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

The CDC has marked December 12 as “Healthcare Worker Vaccination Day” in order to increase vaccination rates among healthcare workers, and it offers resources in the way of fliers, posters and e-cards to remind staff members about the importance of annual influenza vaccinations.  Also, the FDA recently posted a statement on its website urging healthcare organizations to make sure influenza vaccination programs are available to healthcare personnel. The statement is available in English, Spanish, and as a video clip.

With so much emphasis on getting vaccinated this year, what percentage of your co-workers do you think will get the shot?

Have a comment to this poll or an idea for another polling question? Post it in the comments section below.

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