Archive for: July, 2011
I want to make readers aware of a change involving labs and the safe handling of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens when Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease (CJD) is suspected.
CJD is a fatal and degenerative brain disease and because CJD prions resist routine sterilization and decontamination procedures, the Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP) of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) requires special handling procedures for autopsies in suspect cases of CJD.
Here is a good analysis of recent the Joint Commission recommendations on sterilization and high-level disinfection from the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals Blog.
Occupational exposure to hepatitis is a concern among healthcare workers, so take note of today, July 28, World Hepatitis Day.
The date was chosen because it is the birthday of Dr. Baruch Blumberg (1925-2011), who “discovered the hepatitis B virus in 1967 and two years later developed the first hepatitis B vaccine and for these achievements won the Nobel Prize,” according to the CDC.
Cleanliness is not always next to costliness, when it come to hospital cleaning budgets and pleasing patients.
Here is a report from by my colleague Tami Swartz, managing editor at HCPro’s Patient Safety Monitor Blog, which explains why:
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Look to the person on your left, now on the right; chances are that one of you has been affected by healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
Q: Many of my staff members are afraid of the influenza vaccination. Education is good but are there any special tips to break through the anxiety?
The assisted living center where six residents died from hepatitis B has been fined $16,000, by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, reports WRAL.com, July 23.
An investigation by the state health department linked the deaths to unsafe blood glucose monitoring practices at Glen Care of Mount Olive, NC. “Monitors were sometimes stored together, weren’t labeled with residents’ names and weren’t disinfected after each use, according to investigators,” reports WRAL.com. Two other residents also contracted hepatitis B from reused devices.
Officials from Glen Care disagree with the finding of the investigation, suggesting that the hepatitis infections are from outside sources or from residents sharing drinks or having unprotected sex, according to the report.
The assisted living center has 60 days to appeal or pay the fine.
For guidance on preventing unsafe injection practices with blood glucose monitors, see Infection Control and Safe Injection Practices: Diabetes Care on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Tools page.
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Healthcare students may be entering their profession not fully protected from one its deadly hazards, the hepatitis B virus (HBV).
A study examining HBV vaccination records among healthcare students at a southeast U.S. university found that 59.8% of students had documentation of complete vaccination against HBV,
It was good to see that no healthcare facilities had the dubious distinction of making the newly updated OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) log.
Here’s a tip of the hat to NIOSH for keeping it real in a pop-cultural way.
The NIOSH Science blog takes a cue from the film, “Horrible Bosses,” to look at and offer suggestions to prevent workplace violence in the real world, and it specifically makes references to healthcare settings. Not limiting the issue to workplace violence, what role does your boss play in supporting and improving workplace safety in your healthcare facility? Take our OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
Nonclinical healthcare workers were just as likely to come down with the flu as were clinical workers during the H1N1 pandemic, according to a study published August issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.