October 1st, 2017
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Citing the lack of national guidelines for nurses and other healthcare workers, National Nurses United is developing personal protective equipment recommendations to prevent opioid exposures.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking input to develop procedures for decontamination of reusable elastomeric respirators, which could be an important and sustainable resource in times of high PPE demand.
Although incremental gains continue, needlestick and sharps injury prevention efforts overall have plateaued and there is a risk of complacency in healthcare settings due to the perceived diminished threat of the major bloodborne pathogens, according to an expert on the issue.
We frequently hear of rampant stress and resulting burnout in nurses. What causes it? Employee health professionals are well aware of the threats of occupational injury and illness, but other factors in the work environment require considerable resilience to withstand daily.