Archive for: August, 2010

Include contracted services in your quality assurance evaluation

By: August 31st, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: For contracted services (i.e. linen, waste management, housekeeping, etc.), what information is needed for a quality assurance (QA) evaluation?

A: The person charged with managing the infection prevention program in your facility should be trained on all aspects of infection control, including how to properly handle linen and waste.

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News releases as auguries of OSHA enforcement

By: August 31st, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Has the character of OSHA changed from the Bush to the Obama administrations? The proof of the pudding may be in the reading of news releases.

A post by Celeste Monforton on The Pump Handle, which bills itself as the “water cooler for the public health crowd,” makes the case that if you compare OSHA news releases from the two administrations, you will see a difference.

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Study examines universal gloving as an alternative for contact precautions

By: August 31st, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Here’s an excerpt adapted from a post in The Reading Room on HCPro’s online resource center, www.StrategiesforNurseManagers.com.

Every infection preventionist (IP) knows that when a patient is on contact precautions, the healthcare worker caring for that patient should be wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, a gown, and a mask.

A study published in the May Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that a universal gloving policy could be equally as effective as placing patients under contact precautions for a multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) infection.

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Weekly poll: Flu shot role models

By: August 30th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The American Nurses Association is recognizing nurses who are role models for immunization safety by being vaccinated against the flu. How would you stack up as a role model on this matter? Take our poll and let us know.

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Sterile matters: Keeping your fingers free from needlesticks and other sharps

By: August 30th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

We all know the basics, from no re-capping of needles to using puncture proof/sharps approved biohazard disposal boxes. However, what about all of the other ways healthcare workers become stuck, punctured, cut, and otherwise exposed to used sharps?

It happens and it can happen to you or your workers.

Preventing needle sticks and other types of sharps injuries begins with the basics and a few reminders:

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Ask the expert: Who pays for the HBV titer?

By: August 27th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: Must the employer pay for the titer that comes after the hepatitis B vaccination?

A: Yes, OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard requires following current U.S. Public Health Service guidelines, which call for testing one to two months after completion of the three-dose vaccination series.

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Bloodborne pathogen risks in the lab

By: August 26th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The following is an excerpt from the Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety, Third Edition, by Terry Jo Gile. To purchase this book, click here.

Barb worked in microbiology. She was the first to arrive at 5 a.m. and was usually there for about an hour before the rest of the staff arrived. One morning, she was performing her usual removal of negative glass blood culture bottles. Barb, being a petite woman, often stood on her tiptoes to reach the bottles in the highest racks. This particular morning, she pulled negatives one after another until she came to one that was just a bit snug. With just a slight tug, the bottle snapped at the neck and caused the rest of the bottle to shatter into tiny pieces, some inside the vial compartment, some outside onto her face, hand, lab coat sleeve, and floor.

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IC among top-cited Joint Commission standards for 2010

By: August 25th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The Joint Commission released a list of the top-five cited standards in the beginning of 2010 according to healthcare setting.

While the hospital setting nearly made a clean sweep of safety standards under Environment of Care and Life Safety, the smaller settings (ambulatory care and office-based surgery) struggled with a few IC standards:

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Ask the expert: Why the mulligan for the hepatitis B vaccination?

By: August 24th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: What is the reason for having to re-administer the hepatitis B vaccination when a worker fails to respond to the first three-shot series?

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ANA calls for immunity award nominations

By: August 24th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Recognizing the important part that nurses play in promoting immunizations, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is announcing the Immunity Award and calling for nominations.

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Weekly poll: Hand sanitizer placement

By: August 23rd, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

A recent study indicates that hand hygiene compliance rates are significantly better when dispensers are placed in the physician’s field of view during the examination.

The study discovered a 53.8% hand hygiene compliance rate when sanitizers were within the field of vision and 11.5% compliance when they were not.

Are your dispensers placed appropriately for optimum hand hygiene compliance? Take our poll and let us know.

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Latex, latex everywhere. Check the latest FDA warning.

By: August 23rd, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

A recent FDA letter/posting concerning GlaxoSmithKline Fluarix® prefilled syringes made it clear that the hazards of latex exposure in healthcare are difficult to eradicate.

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