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Record Refrigerator Temperatures?

Q: Does OSHA require temperatures of refrigerators to be recorded on a daily basis where medication and/or vaccines are kept? A: It is not an OSHA requirement to record the temperatures where vaccines and medications are stored, since OSHA's regulations...

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Posted by kmazza at 02:28 PM

Fire Safety

Q: During a fire drill or the real thing, our practice has liquid nitrogen in cryac tanks in each exam room. Should we remove them from the rooms and if so take them with us out of the building? We...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:07 AM

Vehicle Stickers

Q: We have a central lab in our corporation that makes runs between all of our sites. We have 3 courier vans. I am wondering if there needs to be a sticker on the van that identifies the contents of...

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Posted by kmazza at 09:57 AM

Amalgam Separators Required?

Q: Our dental office was told we needed a Mercury Discharge Minimization Plan. Does this mean we have to install an amalgam separator? A: The ADA is committed to helping local and state dental societies resist regulatory pressure (e.g., the...

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Posted by salholm at 09:05 AM

Test Your Knowledge - Flu Vaccination

Every area of the country is experiencing lots of flu right now, and scientists are surprised at how poor flu vaccines have performed this year. Usually the predictions on what type of influenza virus strains will surface are pretty good,...

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Posted by kmazza at 11:55 AM

When to Perform Hepatitis B Titers

Quality America's technical support phone lines have been ringing and e-mails coming in with more of your questions about when to, and when not to, perform hepatitis B titers. Here's a primer on what to do in several common situations....

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Posted by kmazza at 10:16 AM

MRSA Mandatory Reporting

Q: We heard that in California MRSA must be reported to the public health department. Is this true? A: Yes, in some instances. According to a February 14th, 2008 California Department of Health announcement, out-patient healthcare providers need to report...

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Posted by kmazza at 10:02 AM

Ask the Expert - MRSA Reporting

Q: We are trying to find an easy and quick way of disinfecting B/P cuffs in our clinic since we have had several MRSA patients. A: You'll definitely need to disinfect reusable patient-care equipment (or discard single-use items) that are...

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Posted by salholm at 11:18 AM

Accidents and Injuries in the MRI Suite

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been a resource for healthcare practitioners since the late 70s to provide two- and three-dimensional views of body tissue and structure. Today, more than 10 million MRI, or MR, scans are done in the United...

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Posted by kmazza at 10:41 AM

Outbreak of Hepatitis C at Nevada Clinic

CDC head Dr. Julie Gerberding condemned practices, such as reusing syringes and vials, at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada and warned the events there may represent "the tip of an iceberg" of safety problems at clinics around the country...

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Posted by kmazza at 10:25 AM

Paperwork Review for First Year POL in SC?

Q: We are a Physician Office Lab (POL) located in South Carolina and have Quality America's CLIA Compliance Manual for our hematology instrument. Anyway, we were told even after our doctor had taken the Lab Director Course and became qualified...

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Posted by salholm at 01:03 PM

Perform Routine Hep B Titers?

Q: I am asking all the clinical employees to have a hepatitis B titer performed. One of our staff members who has had the full hepatits b series in the past, and has had a positive titer after the series,...

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Posted by salholm at 12:46 PM

Cast Vacuum Required?

Q: We are using an electronic cast cutter. Does OSHA require us to have a cast vacuum in the room with it? A: OSHA does not specifically address this issue. They will however, look to see if you are following...

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Posted by salholm at 12:15 PM

Can COLA Override OSHA Requirements?

Q: I was told that COLA exempted lab personal in a medical office from wearing non-permeable lab jackets. Scrubs were appropriate. Does COLA override OSHA? I was under the impression that OSHA required any employee who could potentially come in...

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Posted by salholm at 12:05 PM


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