Archive for: July, 2011
The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center is sponsoring a free webinar on a much overlooked topic: “Achieving Sharps Safety Compliance in Non-Hospital Healthcare Settings.”
Q: What is the responsibility for a company to pay for a chest x-ray in place of a PPD for TB screening? A new hire cannot have a PPD, and with our low risk level, an x-ray is much more expensive than a skin test.
There’s still time to nominate someone for the 2011 HCPro Nursing Image Awards. The nomination period ends on July 31, 2011 at midnight!
With hospital acquired infections (HAI) a growing concern, it is no surprise that the HAI testing market has great potential.
The Video of the Week by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) focuses on eliminating unsafe injection practices in healthcare settings.
The FDA announced approval of the influenza vaccine formulation for the 2011-2012 influenza season and the six manufacturers licensed to produce and distribute it in the U.S., according to according to a July 18 news release.
Perhaps you should include Starbucks as a resource for future infection prevention plans. It appears that drinking coffee and tea could be associated with reducing the chance of MRSA infections.
Do you think that the CDC guide and checklist for Infection Prevention in Outpatient Settings places an undue burden on facilities such as non-hospital based clinics, physician offices, urgent care centers, and ambulatory surgical centers? Take our OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
Raising awareness among healthcare workers about the dangers of needelsticks and other sharps injuries and providing tools to help facilities conduct their own campaigns is the goal of the STOP STICKS by NIOSH.
NIOSH provides a soup to nuts approach to creating a successful campaign. Dedicated web pages focus on:
As a companion to the infection prevention guide for outpatient settings released in May, the CDC has posted Prevention Checklist for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care.
According to the CDC, the checklist should be used:
Limited ergonomics in the work environment make dentists prime candidates for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), according to a study published in the June Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine.