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May 1, 2012

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  • OSHA: 'Right to Understand' means a duty to retrain

    It's time to revamp your chemical safety training. An updated Hazard Communication Standard will change labels and safety data sheets on everything from cleaning products and sterilizing agents to hazardous drugs. And it requires employers to train workers on the new system before Dec. 1, 2013.
  • Manage fatigue to boost safety

    It will take a culture shift for doctors, nurses and other health care workers to consider fatigue as a major factor in patient and employee safety. But that moment may be a step closer with new guidance on fatigue management in the workplace.
  • Managing fatigue reduces nurse errors

    Night shift nurses aren't the only ones fighting sleepiness during work. Even day shift nurses suffer from sleep deprivation from getting too little sleep at night. A recent study in Michigan found that a comprehensive fatigue management program can improve alertness and prevent fatigue-related errors in nurses regardless of their shift.
  • Experts make renewed push for safety

    In a "call to action," sharps safety experts are targeting gaps in needlestick prevention and seeking to spur a new commitment to make improvements.
  • Norovirus outbreaks trigger unit closures

    Norovirus is the organism most likely to trigger a shutdown of units in your hospital. And according to a recent survey of infection preventionists, it is responsible for more outbreaks than some deadlier organisms, such as Clostridium difficile and Staphylococcus aureus.
  • Be alert to rise in C diff cases

    Infections from Clostridium difficile have skyrocketed, more than doubling from 2000 to 2009. While most cases (75%) originate in nursing homes, doctors' offices or other health care settings, many of those C. diff patients will end up in hospitals. A hypervirulent, resistant strain of C. diff requires greater vigilance.
  • Workers are hurt when patients fall

    Trying to protect a patient from a fall may be one of the most dangerous things your employees do. They will put themselves at risk to cushion a patient. And often, that results in a serious musculoskeletal injury.
  • HAIs a high priority: Joint Commission gives infection prevention its own web portal 'We have both carrots and sticks.'

    In yet another sign that infection control is becoming a national priority across a wide range of accreditors, regulators and state and federal agencies, the Joint Commission has created a new web portal to combine its full array of initiatives to prevent health care associated infections (HAIs).
  • JC surveyors looked at IC 'everywhere'

    One hospital's survey experience suggests Joint Commission surveyors will remain highly interested in infection control even if your health care associated infection (HAI) rate is low.
  • Gown use for isolation remains a judgment call

    The question of gown use when entering patient isolation rooms is a recurrent one, so it is worth noting that this is the current thinking of the Joint Commission on the subject: