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More ambulatory surgery centers taking OSHA hits

With more than half of the surgeries in the U.S. performed in ambulatory care settings, ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) and physician offices are under higher scrutiny from OSHA to protect healthcare workers from bloodborne pathogens hazards, according to a two-part series of articles published in October and November editions of the AORN Journal. In fact, violations for such hazards make up the majority of OSHA medical facility citations in recent years, report the Journal.

Outdated or nonexistent exposure control plans, poor documentation, failing to use safety devices and the lack of free training during working hours, were the most common violations for ASCs, according to “Complying With the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard: Protecting Health Care Workers and Patients” and “Bloodborne Pathogen Violations: Compliance Is Key to Prevention,” which are available to subscribers on the AORN Journal web site. [1]

For similar reports on Bloodborne Pathogens Standard violations in ambulatory care settings, see the September [2] and October [3] issues of Medical Environment Update. Also the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Tools page [4] has a free downloads of frequent and expensive bloodborne pathogens fines in medical and dental practices from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010.