Lessons to teach the younger safety crowd

By: August 1st, 2014 Email This Post Print This Post

Hi folks –

I’m in the middle of writing a compilation story for the September issue of Medical Environment Update, and I’d like your help, especially from those who have been doing lab and clinic safety for a while!

Since September is back to school season, I’d like to know what lessons you would teach the younger folks in safety if you had the chance. What lessons have you learned over the years? What kind of training and education do you think is needed to make the healthcare industry safer?

Please drop me a line at jpalmer@hcpro.com with your ideas, along with a sentence or two giving some elaboration or examples and I’ll work your comments into our story.

Thanks so much!

John Palmer



1. Hand hygiene! I see many health care professionals fail to perform properly (before and after gloves) or opt for hand sanitizers even when a sink is present in the lab or patient care room. Supervisors are either not knowledgeable or not enforcing employee compliance.

2. Infection prevention and proper disinfection levels and protocols for specific equipment. I see health care providers who do not provide proper disinfection because they are using wrong products (i.e. sprays instead of immersion for high level disinfection of semi-critical patient contact items). In some cases, the healthcare resource person providing advice was not aware of, or not compliant with OSHA regulations and provided a protocol in direct conflict with OSHA (which the area has adopted and uses. I have learned that not all “Infection Preventionists” are compliant with OSHA.


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