Archive for: July, 2011

Free webinar to focus on sharps safety in non-hospital settings

By: July 21st, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

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.”

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Ask the expert: Who pays when a TB skin test isn’t possible

By: July 21st, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

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.

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Last week! Nominate a star for the HCPro 2011 Nursing Image Awards

By: July 21st, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

There’s still time to nominate someone for the 2011 HCPro Nursing Image Awards. The nomination period ends on July 31, 2011 at midnight!

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Report: Healthy market growth for HAI testing

By: July 20th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

With hospital acquired infections (HAI) a growing concern, it is no surprise that the HAI testing market has great potential.

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Video instructs on safe injection practices

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The Video of the Week by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) focuses on eliminating unsafe injection practices in healthcare settings.

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Flu-season vaccines approved by FDA

By: July 19th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

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.

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Study: MRSA lower in coffee and tea drinkers

By: July 19th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

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.

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Weekly poll: Infection control for outpatient settings

By: July 18th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

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.

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NIOSH is all go on STOP STICKS campaign

By: July 15th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

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:

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CDC posts infection control checklist for outpatient settings

By: July 14th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

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:

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Healthcare tops list of most violent workplaces in Washington state

By: July 14th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

More than police officers and security guards, nurse’s aides are the most violent-prone jobs in Washington state, reports the Seattle Times, July 12.

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The pain of being a dentist

By: July 13th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

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.

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