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Disposing of Syringe

Q: Does the syringe part after giving an injection, if not visibly contaminated with blood, need to go into the red bag/box? A: OSHA prohibits removing the needle from the plastic syringe after use, so the whole syringe/needle combo needs...

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Posted by salholm at 10:51 AM

What Needs To Go in Red Bag?

Q: Is there a minimum limit to what must be placed in a biohazard container and what can put in regular office trash? A: I've cut and pasted the list of what must be put in the biohazard container from...

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Posted by salholm at 10:25 AM

Test Your Knowledge - Flu Vaccination

Which of the following agencies recommends influenza vaccination for healthcare workers? A.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) B.) Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) C.) Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) D.) All of the above D.) is the...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:11 AM

Patients Burned by Dental Handpieces

Q: We heard that patients were seriously burned by electric dental handpieces. Is this true? A: Yes, the occurrence of these events was confirmed in an FDA Public Health Notification. Serious patient injuries, including third degree burns, have been associated...

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Posted by kmazza at 10:30 AM

Not too late for flu vaccination

Seasonal influenza vaccination provides important protection for healthcare workers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza causes approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Healthcare workers are at high risk for contracting...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:45 PM

Hib Vaccine Recall

On December 13, Merck & Co. announced a voluntary recall in the United States for certain lots of PedvaxHIB and COMVAX. The CDC is working to gather and assess information to develop guidance for immunization providers and their patients. About...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:22 PM

Transporting Contaminated Instruments

Q: We work in a school-based program in Tennessee that provides dental sealants and prophies to children. What is the required OSHA procedure for sterilization of our instruments. We transport contaminated instruments in a labeled closed container back to our...

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Posted by salholm at 01:14 PM

Test Your Knowledge - Seasonal Decorations

Holiday decorations in a medical or dental office are all right as long as: A.) Natural plants are used, such as holly and mistletoe B.) Electrical cords are placed under rugs, not draped across walkways C.) Decorations are hung in...

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Posted by kmazza at 04:25 PM

CA-MRSA Attacks Immune Cells

Research shows community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or CA-MRSA, undermines the body's defenses by causing immune cells to disintegrate. This discovery may lead to better treatments for the infection. Scientists report that CA-MRSA strains secrete proteins that have "a remarkable ability...

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Posted by kmazza at 04:19 PM

New Release! "What's My Fine?" OSHA Annual Retraining DVD

SPECIAL OFFER! First 10 orders today receive free DVD Player*! Employees complain OSHA retraining is a waste of time - they "know it all" already. Yet mistakes are made every day, not only putting staff safety at risk, but increasing...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:29 PM

Mutant Adenovirus Outbreak Causes Illnesses, Deaths

Adenovirus 14 (Ad14), a mutant variation of the common cold virus, is responsible for 10 deaths and at least 140 cases of severe respiratory illness requiring hospitalization. The first case involved an infant in New York who died in May...

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Posted by kmazza at 03:08 PM


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