Archive for: October, 2010

Proper respiratory protection in the laboratory

By: October 21st, 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.

If respiratory protection is necessary, such as when working with formalin or when the time-weighted average action level is exceeded for any chemical, implement a written respiratory protection program in accordance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection standard 29 CFR 1910.134. Your program must include written standard operating procedures, selection of the proper equipment, protocols and training for how to use and maintain all equipment, medical evaluation of users, and proper training. In addition, if you use air-purifying respirators with chemical cartridges or canisters that do not contain end-of-service-life indicators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), you must replace the cartridges or canisters at the end of the work shift. If you are using this type of respirator against formaldehyde, it must have a canister or cartridge that is approved for use against formaldehyde and must not be a generic cartridge.

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Infection Control advice for ASCs

By: October 21st, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Infection prevention requirements in ASCs: A Q&A on CMS compliance, common pitfalls, and best practices is one of the most popular downloads on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor. Here is an excerpt from the report:

Q: What are some examples of acceptable national standards to build an infection control plan from?

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Framework created to help eliminate healthcare-associated-infections

By: October 20th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Public health and infectious disease experts have come up with a framework that helps prevent healthcare-associated-infections (HAIs).

HAIs are one of the top ten leading causes of death in the US, according to a press release from APIC, and a white paper, “Moving toward Elimination of Healthcare-Associated Infections: A Call to Action,” has been published by leading public health and disease control groups.

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Notes from the Field: Don’t tell me that pile of papers is your OSHA manual!

By: October 19th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

During my mock OSHA inspections, I always ask to see the practice’s OSHA manual. I have seen manuals that haven’t been touched for so long that I could blow dust off them.

Sometimes no one in the practice can find the manual. During an inspection last week, the OSHA manual was a collection of notes from previous OSHA seminars. I even saw one of my handouts from a seminar I taught years ago. The manager thought she could just put the power point hand-outs in a notebook and call it her OSHA manual.

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Protecting ED staff members from violence

By: October 18th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

HCPro’s Hospital Safety Center recently posted a article about how to increase safety and security measures for emergency department (ED) staff, who are at high risk for becoming victims of workplace violence. Here is an excerpt:

In an atmosphere shrouded in uncertainty, there is one indisputable and widely recognized fact regarding hospital security: ED workers and behavioral health workers are the most at risk in the entire building when it comes to violent situations.

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Weekly Poll: Protection for vaccine manufacturers?

By: October 18th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a case against vaccine manufacturers filed by a family who claims their daughter had serious side effects due to a vaccine she received when she was six months old.

Should vaccine manufacturers be protected from lawsuits due to side effect complaints? Take our poll and let us know.

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Supreme Court to examine vaccination company protection; ruling could have side effects for healthcare

By: October 15th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

A lawsuit filed against pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether or not it can be sued by a family whose daughter had injuries due to side effects from a vaccine.

The Bruesewitz family from Pennsylvania claims their daughter, who is now a teenager, has development issues and seizures after receiving a vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis when she was six months old.

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Bullying in the workplace affects safe working conditions

By: October 15th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Bullying in the workplace, while not specifically covered by an OSHA standard, may have implications for providing safe working conditions.

StressedOutNurses.com, an HCPro sister blog to OSHA Healthcare Advisor, recently touched upon on the topic of nurse-to-nurse hostility. Here is an excerpt:

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Safe handling of radioactive samples

By: October 14th, 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.

A patient was treated with radioactive iodine at a hospital and was released. Because of complications, the patient returned to the hospital and had to have her thyroid gland removed. The tissue was removed and sent to the laboratory per the usual process. The sample was accessioned as usual and sent to another histology processing lab in a sister hospital. This second lab was the regional histology hub where all tissue was grossed and processed.

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Infection control perspectives from a blogger’s point of view

By: October 13th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

I thought readers might enjoy a perspective from three bloggers on infection control.

The blog is written by three men. Michael Edmond is a hospital epidemiologist, Eli is a infectious disease physician and epidemiologist, and Dan practices infectious disease, clinical microbiology, and hospital epidemiology.

They blog quite frequently about hand-hygiene, pandemic responses, and MRSA, while giving helpful tips and useful websites.

Read their blog!

CDC urges flu vaccine while doctors cooperate

By: October 13th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

There’s so much talk about the flu these days, but it’s because flu season is on the rise! The CDC is, for the first time, urging people over six months old to get vaccinated.

When the H1N1 pandemic came in full swing last year, the strain came too late for it to be inserted into the normal flu vaccine, so CDC is taking all precautions

To find out just how many doctors cooperated in receiving the flu shot, check out the OSHA blog.

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Golden Oldie Q&A advises on gloves and vaccinations

By: October 12th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The “Ask the Experts” Web page of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) consistently provides good advice on a variety of immunization matters including those dealing with occupational safety and health.

IAC recently featured the most common questions under the heading of “Golden Oldies” in the October 1 issue of IAC Express.

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