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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 patient standpoint. Where can I get information on this?

A: OSHA is the federal agency responsible for worker safety and as such they don't regulate patient safety. For patient safety concerns check out the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, or the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Posted by Quality America on June 14, 2007 | Comments (0)


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