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Remove Sharps Receptacles from Chemo Room?

Q: The doctor wants to remove the sharps containers from our chemotherapy room to make it feel more "homey". The nurses are up in arms and say the sharps containers have to stay. Can you help us? A: Sharps containers...

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Posted by salholm at 01:47 PM

MSDS for Liquid, Powder, or Cream Sample Medications

Q: I see where you say that tablet and pill sample medications don't need MSDS. What about sample medications in liquid, cream or powder form? A: The question you need to answer is this situation is "Can staff be exposed?"...

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Posted by salholm at 10:54 AM

Recording Incident: Nurse Tripped, Broke Ankle

Q: A nurse in our Virginia facility tripped and fell, breaking her ankle. She has gone to see the orthopod, so this definitely more than a first aid injury. Do we need to document this on the OSHA 300 log?...

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Posted by salholm at 10:07 AM

Vaccinate Front Office Employees?

Q: Do I need to provide HBV vaccination to my front desk and medical records staff? A: HBV vaccination is only required for employees who have a definite or possible risk of exposure to blood or OPIMs. These employees will...

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Posted by salholm at 09:42 AM

Special Uniforms for Lab Staff?

Q: My lab staff have called a COLA hotline number and are telling me according to COLA FAC 15 R as of June 1st, 2007, they have to change into special scrubs at work that we have to provide and...

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Posted by salholm at 11:47 AM

Actually Use PPE, Safety Sharps Provided?

Q: Do employees actually have to use safety sharps and PPE we provide or is it their choice? A: Employees covered under OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard need to use Engineering Controls (like safer sharps), Work Practice Controls (like not recapping...

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Posted by salholm at 01:04 PM

HBV Titer Employee Vaccinated by Previous Employer?

Q: I understand the employer is responsible to titer for Hep B after the series is complete. My question is regarding new employees that have documentation of a complete series but no titer. Are we responsible to get them titers?...

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Posted by salholm at 11:10 AM

Specimen Containers With Chemicals Given To Patients

Q: When we give a patient a specimen container it frequently has a hazardous chemical in the bottom, for example sodium hydroxide, 6M hydrochloric acid, 95% alcohol etc. I don't feel like this is safe from a risk management or...

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Posted by salholm at 09:36 AM

Toenail Kit Cleaning

Q: I work for a Podiatrist. We keep a "toenail kit" in a cleaning solution in every exam room. After clipping nails or scraping dead skin away, the instruments are put back in this solution until the next patient. NO...

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Posted by salholm at 09:17 AM

Allergic Reaction to TB Skin Test

Q: We have an employee who had a severe allergic reaction to the TB skin test. We have been recommended to give chest x-rays annually to the employee but this is a young person and I am worried about the...

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Posted by salholm at 09:05 AM

Is Your Staff Prepared for the Unexpected?

In healthcare we're familiar with other people's emergencies--but what happens if one strikes your facility? Are you ready to deal with crisis situations that require quick thinking and immediate action such as cardiac arrest, sharps injuries, and Code Red situations?...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:59 PM

Test Your Knowledge - Label Signal Words

Which of the following words, found on the chemical label, indicates the most hazardous substance? A. CAUTION B. WARNING C. DANGER D. All are equal C. DANGER is the most serious signal word. When the signal word is CAUTION, the...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:56 PM

Handwashing Posters NOT Required

We've had a few calls at Quality America and the CDC has received reports from healthcare facilities in several states that the healthcare facilities have been receiving "Hand Washing Posting Advisory" advertisements from state "Healthcare Compliance Centers" concerning handwashing signage....

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Posted by kmazza at 03:52 PM

Quality America Announces Partnership with Medcompare

Quality America is proud to work closely with a number of professional organizations and associations and is pleased to announce our new partnership with Medcompare. Via their website, www.medcompare.com, Medcompare provides the latest information on medical devices and products to...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:46 PM

EPA Cites Hospital Disinfectant Manufacturer for False Claims

Lonza, Inc., the largest U.S. manufacturer of hospital disinfectants, made false claims about the effectiveness of its products against microbiological contaminants, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Investigators collected Lonza Inc. products, from New Jersey, California, Hawaii, and...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:44 PM


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