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Study finds some refillable soap dispensers may contribute to contamination

By: May 5th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

A study published in the May issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology found that washing  hands with soap from bulk-soap-refillable dispensers, like those seen in public restrooms, may put people at risk for increased bacteria transmission.

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Medical Environment Update—Annual sharps evaluation

By: April 5th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The April issue of Medical Environment Update takes a close look at the OSHA compliance requirements for the annual review of safety sharps and obtaining worker input on device selection.

Here is an excerpt from that article:

The two sections of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard that make it unique among OSHA regulations also cause a lot of confusion with employers trying to stay in compliance.

Section 1910.1030(c)(1)(iv)(B) necessitates the annual consideration of safety devices when an employer has staff members who are potentially exposed to blood and OPIM, while section 1910.1030(c)(1)(v) requires feedback from nonmanagerial employees on safety device selection.

And many medical practices are clueless about to how to do this, says Kathy Rooker, safety officer and owner of Columbus Healthcare & Safety Consultants in Canal Winchester, OH.

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Don’t step out of the hospital without clean scrubs

By: February 25th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Wearing scrubs outside healthcare facilities may be prohibited if infection prevention organizations have anything to say about it.

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Sterile prep pads versus non-sterile prep pads

By: February 4th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding healthcare professionals the difference between sterile and non-sterile alcohol prep pads and the safety implications of using each.

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Best practices for thorough cleaning that will reduce HAIs

By: January 31st, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Hospital studies have found only 25% to 40% of surfaces near patients meet the definition of cleanliness. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has issued guidelines calling for increased performance in cleaning effectiveness to prevent healthcare-acquired infections.

Cintas Corp. released a January 26 press release with a list of six cleaning best practices that will help reduce healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs).

The company worked with the International Executive Housekeepers Association to create a list of best practices:

• Cultivate an environment of partnership
• Benchmark cleaning products and processes
• Conduct time audits
• Provide thorough employee training
• Recognize and empower cleaning personnel
• Measure cleaning performance on an ongoing basis

Click here for more details about each best practice recommendation.

How does your facility’s practices compare to those listed above? Let us know in our comment section.

Digital flames train healthcare workers

By: August 6th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Spartanburg (SC) Regional Medical Center has begun using technology to instruct healthcare workers on RACE and PASS.

The acronyms represent basic concepts in fire safety and response:

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An OSHA Q&A on MRSA infections in the workplace

By: July 23rd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Working in a healthcare facility of any size means exposure to highly contagious MDROs such as MRSA is an everyday occurrence.  By wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and following standard precautions, workers can protect themselves from these infections, but what if an employee claims their MRSA infection was contracted at work?

The following questions were submitted through email to an OSHA spokesperson for clarification on how to determine if a MRSA infection is workplace related.

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IC tips on complying with CMS CfCs for ambulatory surgery centers

By: July 1st, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

It’s been just over a month since CMS officially implement its new CfCs for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC), but some people are still concerned about whether their facility is meeting the requirements. When I attended the APIC conference a few weeks ago I heard a number of people requesting guidance on this subject.

Below are a few suggestions that might help a new IP at an ASC:

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Just for laughs, what’s wrong with this picture?

By: June 15th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

A scrub team member wearing lime green Crocs with ventilation holes stands in a puddle of some nasty-looking fluid next to an operating room table.

Before that gets your OSHA and infection control hackles up, relax. It’s a cartoon, but one with more than just a little bit of truth to it.

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Aerosol transmissible disease standard approved for California

By: May 22nd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

In what might be a harbinger for a federal law, California adopted the first standard designed to protect workers from aerosol transmitted diseases in the workplace, such as TB, SARS, measles, and pandemic influenza.

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Where to wear scrubs

By: May 20th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

For years now, there has been an ongoing debate, fueled mostly by a lack of hard data, about whether or not scrubs should be worn outside the facility’s walls, or even more so, laundered at home instead of on-site.

According to Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) “Recommended Practices for Surgical Attire,” scrubs are worn to “promote high-level cleanliness and hygiene within the practice setting.” Therefore, AORN does not recommend home laundering of surgical attire.

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Using Shakespeare for bloodborne pathogens training

By: March 17th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

And with them words of so sweet breath compos’d
As made the things more rich.
Hamlet [III, 1]

No one would confuse the compliance-speak of OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens with the purple passages of Shakespeare. Right?

Both the standard and the Bard address heavy and heady stuff, but wouldn’t it be a shame if we failed to heed the OSHA standard because the language is so boring.

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