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Medical Environment Update, May 2018


May 1, 2018

Editor's Note: Click the PDF button above for a full edition of the May 2018 edition of Medical Environment Update.

IAHSS issues Threat Management Guideline to help healthcare facilities respond to violence

Looking to reduce workplace violence in the healthcare industry, IAHSS released a new Threat Management Guideline that stated: “Healthcare facilities should establish a process and multidisciplinary team to identify, assess, validate, mitigate, and respond to threats of violence or other behaviors of concern.”

Floor corners, bathroom floors, and ceiling vents are hottest spots for dangerous C. diff spores

Bathroom floors, nurse call buttons, and ceiling vents are among the locations where you will most often find Clostridium difficile spores after both routine and terminal cleaning of patient rooms, a recent study stated. But the place where C. diff most frequently persists, threatening both patients and staff? Floor corners.

Joint Commission says sentinel events declined again in 2017, but same problems top annual list

The Joint Commission recently released its final sentinel event statistics for 2017. The same medical miscues again top the list; however, it seems encouraging that the total number of reported sentinel events declined for a second consecutive year while the number of self-reported incidents continued to climb.

New EPA rule creates flexibility, potential savings for hazardous waste removal

Because of the final implementation this year of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule signed by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, some flexibility has been added to the hazardous waste disposal process. It might be able to help healthcare facilities save some money, too.

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