Archive for: June, 2015

Safety Month is almost over!

By: June 29th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

The National Safety Council has designated the month of June as National Safety Month, focusing on emergency planning, ergonomics, and preventing slips, trips, and falls.

HCPro is observing National Safety Month by offering free giveaways, raffles, and special discounts on all your favorite safety products. Be sure to keep an eye out for special events all month long! To receive 10% off any safety, accreditation or patient safety book, enter discount code SAF2015 when adding the item to your cart at check out.

To celebrate National Safety Month, we’re asking for your feedback. We invite you to take a short survey that will help us know what information you need and what products will help you do your job better.

Be sure to include your contact information in the last question to enter a drawing to win one of the copies we’re giving away of our Preventing Workplace Violence: Handbook for Healthcare Workers!

Please click here for the survey.

Share your stories for National Safety Month!

By: June 22nd, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

You work hard as a healthcare safety professional, and you don’t get enough recognition for the job you do in keeping your facility and your employees safe. We’d like to change that!

As part of our celebration of National Safety Month, we’re giving you a chance to share some of your hard-earned insight and experience with your peers. And you may even win some free stuff.

Email Managing Editor John Palmer at jpalmer@hcpro.com between now and June 30, and tell me what your greatest challenge has been in your job as a safety professional and how you overcame it, or share a funny or insightful story about your best or worst day on the job. Your comments will stay completely confidential, if you choose, and will be shared with your colleagues to educate, enlighten, or simply amuse.

All those who email me will be entered in a raffle drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to spend on any of HCPro’s products available at our store www.hcmarketplace.com.

John Palmer

Managing Editor, HCPro

jpalmer@hcpro.com

 

Sign up for our July 14 GI Scopes webinar!

By: June 17th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Endoscopes and other diagnostic GI scopes are crucial devices that can save the lives of the nearly 500,000 patients every year who need the procedures they were designed for.

But if they aren’t properly cleaned and disinfected afterwards, the instruments can expose future patients to antibiotic-resistant diseases such as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, that can kill up to 50% of infected patients, according to some experts.

You’ve heard the horror stories from hospitals who have dealt with recent outbreaks—don’t let your facility be the next statistic. Let infection control experts Peggy Prinz Luebbert, MS, (MT)ASCP, CIC, CHSP, CBSPD, and Terry Micheels, MSN, RN, CIC, show you everything your organization needs to know to ensure proper GI scope disinfection and protect the lives of your patients.

Register for “Proper GI Scope Disinfection: How to Avoid Becoming a Statistic,” a 90-minute webcast that will cover the critical steps of high-level disinfection that must be met each and every day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to ensure your organization complies with requirements set by The Joint Commission and CMS.

For more information or to register, check out the HCPro Marketplace.

FREE white paper on planning effective emergency drills!

By: June 16th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Have you ever conducted a boring emergency drill simply to stay in compliance with The Joint Commission? Turn your safety drills into fun learning experiences with the expert tips and strategies in this free white paper.

Click here to download your copy now!

This white paper is brought to you by Briefings on Hospital Safety, the leading training resource for safety and security professionals.

Briefings on Hospital Safety provides safety and security professionals with regulatory information to stay in compliance, staff training tactics, and clear-cut guidance on how to improve and ensure hospital safety. Learn more today!

Don’t forget to use discount code SAF2015 to receive 10% off all accreditation, safety, and patient safety books during Safety Month! To view our full range of safety resources click here.

ID badges go high tech

By: June 15th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Hi folks –

I am just touching base about a story I am working on about hospitals working to increase security with high-tech security badges.

There are a number of companies out there working to reduce the number of “swipe cards” and ID badges that employees have to carry with them, and adding technology such as access controls, GPS tracking, and ID information onto the badges, and making the information cloud-based to help avoid hacking and information that can be stolen.

The idea, of course, is to control perimeter security, access to sensitive areas, and theft control such as in pharmacies.

I’d like to know if your facility is using special badges, what information you are putting on them, and how it has affected your facility – good or bad.

Please drop me a quick line with any information you would like to share about your programs.

Thanks so much!

John Palmer

Seeking experts for active shooter webinar

By: June 10th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Hi folks –

Well, here we go again. I found in my inbox another story about an active shooter at a hospital, this time a murder-suicide at a facility in San Marcos, Texas.

Click here for the link to that story.

Clearly, active shooters in hospitals—and healthcare facilities, in general—is becoming a problem that is out of hand.

We at HCPro are looking to do a live webinar that addresses the problem of active shooters and what can be done to make facilities safer. There’s been an ongoing debate about how to detect weapons coming into the hospital, whether to have an armed police presence in the ER, and how to train staff members to deal with an armed intruder.

I’d like to hear your thoughts about what sorts of topics you think should be included in the webinar, and at the same time I am looking for speakers who would be willing to be part of our live program in September.

As always, please feel free to email me your thoughts at jpalmer@hcpro.com, or call me at 781-639-1872, ext. 3265.

Thank you for all your help.

John Palmer

Test your safety knowledge and win $100!

By: June 8th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

The National Safety Council, a safety advocate group that promotes safety in homes, workplaces, and communities across the country, has designated the month of June as National Safety Month. Specifically, the group has dedicated the month to several safety subjects, including emergency planning, preventing slips, trips, and falls, and ergonomics, We’re celebrating safety month by offering lots of free giveaways, raffles, and discounts on all your favorite safety products. Win a $100 gift certificate good for any product on the HCPro Marketplace by answering the following five trivia questions correctly.

Send your responses to Managing Editor John Palmer at jpalmer@hcpro.com by June 19th. Winners will be chosen randomly from the responses received. Don’t forget to send along contact information so we can reach you if you are a winner.

  1. Under OSHA’s new workplace injury reporting requirements, what must be reported? List three ways that you can report workplace injuries and deaths to OSHA.
  2. According to OSHA, there are four ways that healthcare facilities pay the price when an employee gets hurt on the job. Name 3 of them.
  3. Name eight of the 16 GHS physical hazards, according to OSHA.
  4. Name three of the five healthcare settings that OSHA says is required to adhere to OSHA Rule 3148, which governs the need for a workplace violence prevention plan.
  5. According to OSHA, how many inspectors are available nationwide to complete worksite inspections?

Also don’t forget to use discount code SAF2015 to receive a 10% discount on any safety, accreditation or patient safety book!

Is OSHA being sneaky?

By: June 4th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Hi folks –

Boy, it’s fun to watch how sneaky OSHA can be. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that the agency has quietly passed changes to a few pretty important rules in the healthcare industry.

First, there was an upgrade to the Workplace Violence Prevention rule (3148), which basically is a rule that requires employers to have a plan in place. There was also a very well-done manual that went with it to help you out.

Then, in May, OSHA and NIOSH teamed up to provide a Respiratory Protection Toolkit for employers, which essentially is a warning that if you don’t already use respirators to help protect your workers against infections, you better start. And here’s the handy toolkit published to help you out:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3767.pdf

I don’t doubt that these are great things. We all want a safer work environment. But what’s going on here? Well, in the opinion of one lawyer who I read in an online blog:

“The bottom line is that OSHA is coming. Accordingly, employers in the health care industry should act now to ensure that their employees are working in the safest possible conditions and that, when OSHA appears at their door, they can demonstrate their commitment to employee health and safety.”

Interestingly, the Joint Commission is taking note of these changes, and has issued their own recommendations right about the same time that OSHA is doing so.

I’d like to know what you think. Is OSHA about to get tough on the healthcare industry? Good luck getting them to say so.

The feeling out there is that OSHA doesn’t have enough inspectors, so they probably won’t inspect. Will that change? And will you do anything different in your job because of it?

Please drop me a line and let me know your opinions.

Thanks!

John Palmer

Summer Safety in Healthcare

By: June 3rd, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Hi folks – ​

We are compiling a story of the most common safety and security concerns and dangers to hospitals and medical clinics during the summer months.

Please take a minute to share what you think is one of the biggest concerns, why it’s such a big deal, and what you suggest as a way to help mitigate the problem. It could be anything from making sure your employees are hydrated to keeping the doors shut so intruders don’t get in.

Thank you for all your help!

Have a great day.

John Palmer

Celebrate National Safety Month with us!

By: June 1st, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

The National Safety Council has designated the month of June as National Safety Month, focusing on emergency planning, ergonomics, and preventing slips, trips, and falls.

HCPro is observing National Safety Month by offering free giveaways, raffles, and special discounts on all your favorite safety products. Be sure to keep an eye out for special events all month long! To receive 10% off any safety, accreditation or patient safety book, enter discount code SAF2015 when adding the item to your cart at check out.

To kick off National Safety Month, we’re asking for your feedback. We invite you to take a short survey that will help us know what information you need and what products will help you do your job better.

Be sure to include your contact information in the last question to enter a drawing to win one of the copies we’re giving away of our Preventing Workplace Violence: Handbook for Healthcare Workers!

Please click here for the survey.

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