Archive for: August, 2011

California dental practices now subject to revised infection control regulations

By: August 31st, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

California dental practices are now required to operate under revised infection control regulations.

The California Dental Board revised regulations to Minimum Standards for Infection Control (Title 16, Division 10, California Code of Regulation, Section 1005), became effective August 20, reports DrBicuspid.com.

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Study: Patient safety trumps personal safety for motivating hand washing

By: August 31st, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Which of these two hand hygiene messages most rivets your attention?

  1. Hand hygiene prevents you from catching diseases
  2. Hand hygiene prevents patients from catching diseases

The answer is #2, according to study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science.

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Study: Vaccines cause few health problems

By: August 30th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

A Study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) analyzing more than 1,000 research articles did not find many adverse health episodes linked to vaccines, according to an IOM news release, August 25.

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Ask the expert: Employer says no to providing free hepatitis B vaccinations

By: August 29th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: Are the owners of an assisted living facility required to offer the hepatitis B vaccination free of charge?  They claim they are not required by law to offer the vaccine for free, only to direct employees where to go to get the vaccine.

A: OSHA doesn’t determine what standards apply by business type but by the hazards present in the workplace.

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A cut too deep: Environmental staff and HAI risks

By: August 29th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Thoughtful analysis from John Commins of HealthLeaders Media on the relationship of environmental staffing and HAIs. Here is an excerpt:

Daily media reports remind us that the threat of HAI demands constant diligence, even while another wave of layoffs at hospitals across the nation. This time, Medicaid is identified as the primary culprit, although other issues like lower admissions, reductions in Medicare reimbursements, and a general uncertainty about the nation’s economic future, have been cited.

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Weekly poll: Will you have more resources for emergency preparedness next year?

By: August 29th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

This year, healthcare facilities have already dealt with floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes. How will next year’s budget and allocation of resources for emergency preparedness compare to the current year? Take our OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

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Government resources highlighted for Hurricane Irene

By: August 26th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

With the approach of Hurricane Irene, federal government agencies are spotlighting hurricane preparedness, safety, and response resources on their websites.

Here is a list of agencies and links of interest to OSHA Healthcare Advisor readers:

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Body scanners bringing fashion and fit to PPE

By: August 26th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The practicality of custom-tailored isolation gowns may not be right around the corner, but personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to accommodate a range of body types is, according to faculty at Baylor University’s family and consumer sciences department.

Through the body scanner technology work at Baylor, consumers will be able to virtually try on garments and find the perfect fit, making mirrors or even the opinions of clothing shopping companions, if not irrelevant, as least optional.

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Mercury spills still a healthcare hazard

By: August 25th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

You don’t see it reported as much compared to a few years ago, but a Houston-area family medical practice was evacuated when a blood pressure device fell and leaked mercury, according to Your Houston News. The amount of the mercury, less than an ounce, necessitated calling for hazmat response.

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When the earth moves under your feet, or earthquake!

By: August 24th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Now that you felt or heard about the 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Mineral, VA, on August 23, do you know what to do next time, or how to assess your workplace in the event of a more destructive earthquake?

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Bill proposes jail time for poor infection control practices

By: August 24th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Intentionally disregarding infection control practices? Go to jail; do not pass go.

Maybe an exaggeration, but a bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) would allow fines and imprisonment for “Veterans Health Administration employees who intentionally fail to follow infection control practices,” reports the Dayton Daily News, August 22.

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HAI rates and costs dropping in California

By: August 24th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

In California a three-year campaign to cut healthcare-associated infections is beginning to payoff.

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