Archive for: December, 2011

San Diego hospitals pay for unlawful medical waste disposal

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

Civil lawsuits against two San Diego hospitals for medical waste disposal violations have been settled, reports Waste & Recycling News, December 8.

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Study: Workers’ responsible for norovirus outbreak long-term care facilities

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

Ill staff members moving between eight long-term care facilities in southern Nevada may be responsible for a norovirus outbreak in 2010, according to a study published in the December issue of Epidemiology and Infection.

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Mercury spill closes Ohio clinic

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

A mercury spill closed down a medical clinic in Oregon, OH, reported FoxToledo.com, December 13.

Hazmat responders were called to the scene after a blood pressure cuff fell from a cart and mercury leaked onto the carpet.

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Ask the expert: How to dispose of biohazard-labeled specimen bags?

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

Q: Is it okay with OSHA to dispose of clear plastic specimen bags with a biohazard label as solid regular trash if there is no visible contamination by blood or OPIM?

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Med students maybe all thumbs on hand hygiene

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

Medical students in Germany are better at identifying when hand hygiene is needed than when it is not needed, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Study: Hospital-acquired infections not getting equal treatment

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

In the fight against hospital-acquired infections (HAI), hospitals are focusing on two sources of infections but not on the most common one, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), according to researchers at University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare Center and their study published in the December 6 Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Uncle OSHA wants you

By: December 12th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

With the future shortage of occupational safety and health workforce experts predicted by NIOSH, I thought picking up this brief from the Department of Labor newsletter might help the situation and make for an interesting poll question.

On the Job: OSHA Compliance Officers

What they do:

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Weekly poll: Working the healthcare worker safety beat

By: December 12th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Recently, OSHA ran what amounts to a help wanted ad in the Department of Labor newsletter for candidates the position of OSHA Compliance Officer.

Whether you are looking for a new job or not, given your commitment to occupational safety and health, especially in healthcare settings, could you see yourself as an OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officer? Take our OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

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Joint Commission offers presentation on revised staff and practitioner flu shot standard

By: December 9th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

In case you hadn’t noticed, The Joint Commission (TJC) revised the infection control standard for influenza vaccinations for staff and independent practitioners in accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and long-term care facilities. If you are not sure about the specifics of the revision, I suggest you spend 30 minutes viewing TJC’s online presentation.

Standard IC.02.04.01 Influenza Vaccination for Licensed Independent Practitioners and Staff for CAH, HAP, and LTC Accreditation Programs covers the rationale for the revision and the specific requirements of the standard, including the nine elements of performance.

TJC has had an influenza vaccination standard since 2006 and approved the revised Standard IC.02.04.01 September 21, 2011.

The rational being:

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Take OSHA compliance off your “to do” list!

By: December 9th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The OSHA Training Handbook for Healthcare Facilities cuts through the clutter and illustrates how to maintain compliance.

This concise primer helps you save time in interpreting vague OSHA standards and discover specific methods to train staff, identify hazards, and document accurately, enabling you to become a highly effective safety professional.

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Study: Respirator and mask misuse exposed workers to H1N1

By: December 8th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Early in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the absence of or improper use of respirators and masks likely caused healthcare worker exposures, according to study appearing in the December issue  of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

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OSHA files whistleblower lawsuit against medical clinic

By: December 8th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

When healthcare workers blow the whistle, OSHA has been listening.

The notice of OSHA’s filing of a suit against a Brighton, CO, medical clinic for firing a worker who complained to OSHA about unsafe conditions in the practice is another reminder that:

  1. OSHA is charged with conducting whistleblower investigations, and not only for safety standards but for 20 other federal statutes
  2. It is not only big businesses that draws OSHA’s wrath, but small ones, too
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