Archive for: May, 2012
A New Hampshire hospital was fined for improper disposal of pharmaceutical waste.
A quick note of interest from the survey world
A recent survey resulted in a hospital being cited under the Infection Control standards (IC.02.02.01 on low-level disinfection, to be exact). In two instances, someone had the temerity to forget to close the cover on a container of disinfectant wipes. Can you believe such risky behavior still exists in our 24/7 world of infection prevention? It’s true, my friend, it is true!
If you’re thinking about heading to the nail salon for a little pampering or getting a new tattoo, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) reminds that without proper precaution, you could be putting yourself at risk for infection.
While training as doctors during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, residents in four healthcare facilities showed a lack of knowledge about PPE use and when not to report to work because of illness, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.
More than 10 years after the passage of the Needlestick Prevention and Safety Act phlebotomy procedures still pose significant needlestick risks for healthcare workers. A free webinar for nursing staff will discuss “the most recent needlestick injury data and nurses’ rights under current laws/regulations, as well as provide a review of available safety-engineered technologies and the benefits and limitations of each class of devices.”
In his May 21 “(Work in Progress)” blog post, OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels touted a recent study that found an association between lower workplace injury claims for businesses in the four years following a random safety inspection compared to similar businesses that were not inspected. The study focused on select high-hazard industries inspected by the California OSHA program, but did not include healthcare.
With regard to healthcare do you believe that random safety inspections, such as from OSHA, do indeed improve safety without leading to burdensome business expenses or job loss? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.
OSHA issued 30 notices of unsafe and unhealthful working conditions to four U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in California. The facilities involved are the VA hospital in Mather and at outpatient clinics in Martinez, Fairfield and Oakland, and all are part of the VA’s Northern California Health Care System, according to a May 24 agency news release.
Q: Our orthopedic practice only gives steroid injections. Are we required to use safety needles?
It’s no surprise that highly toxic chemicals, found in chemotherapy drugs and sterilizing agents used to clean medical devices, can be harmful to those who don’t take the proper precautions. What is surprising is that exposure to these chemicals continues to be an issue, and that is one of the feature articles of the May issue of Medical Environment Update.
Here is an excerpt.
As part of Hepatitis Awareness Month and the first National Hepatitis Testing Day in the U.S. on May 19, the CDC released two reports on protecting patients and workers from healthcare–associated viral hepatitis in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), May 18.
There is clear evidence that Clostridium difficile (C.difficile), a difficult-to-control and treat bacterial infection, is increasing, especially in non-hospital settings, according to Mayo clinic researchers.