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Hospital Safety Center: 2018 Archive
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December 2018 - View Full Issue
Violence against healthcare workers is on the rise
Increased oversight means more pressure on AOs to spot problems
CMS making deficiency reports more accessible to public
OSHA: Get ready now for flu and potential pandemics
November 2018 - View Full Issue
EC, LSC and ligature risks still at Joint Commission survey forefront
Review your water management plan as CMS intensifies focus on Legionella
ASHE reference provides guidance on swinging doors
Surveyor gaze is on dialysis compliance
October 2018 - View Full Issue
As USP looms, access your compliance of medication compounding standards now
Expect door repairs to take time as CMS requirements create backlog of parts
PSS-3: Three-question suicide screener for the ER
FGI recommendations can help you help your staff account for "patients of size"
September 2018 - View Full Issue
CMS again spotlights control of Legionella with revision to surveyors' memo
HFAP revises standards to address reduction of Legionella risk
Case study: Automating sepsis alerts at Harborview Medical Center
Guidance on spotting possible victims of human trafficking
August 2018 - View Full Issue
Chicago hospital uses hospitalwide huddles to reduce catheter infection rate
Failure to comply with RCRA while disposing of waste could prove costly
Battle over? AORN expects to change recommendations for OR headwear
Supplies, critical system locations are key concerns when floodwaters rise
July 2018 - View Full Issue
Hand hygiene monitoring technology increases compliance rates, but is it worth the cost?
If there is an air pressure problem, ’it’s almost inevitable that a surveyor will find it’
Use checklist to reduce self-harm risks in the ER by ensuring no items are overlooked
Fall protection training required for staff, contractors exposed to fall of 4-plus feet
Almost two-thirds of hospitals are not compliant with Joint Commission’s top LS, EC standards
June 2018 - View Full Issue
Looking to gut HAIs by 2020, HHS has given hospitals aggressive goals on HAI reduction
Healthcare systems still have work to do to be better prepared for next disaster
Ask the expert: Strategies for setting up a successful antibiotic stewardship program
Floor corners, bathroom floors, and ceiling vents are hottest spots for dangerous C. diff spores
Acuity-adaptable rooms, microhospitals are healthcare tech trends on NFPA’s radar
May 2018 - View Full Issue
Pressure drop: Ensure monitoring of soiled utility and other pressure-sensitive rooms
Facility workers as well as contractors must now be trained in fall protection
Check powered fire doors after CMS, TJC offer new info on door-closing devices
Use risk assessment for ligature concerns when choosing beds for geriatric patients
Healthcare facilities should be mindful of FDA ban on triclosan, 23 other antiseptic chemicals
April 2018 - View Full Issue
Use ASPR-TRACIE resource to decide, plan for surge from seasonal illnesses
California hospital deploys surge tent to handle sudden influx of flu patients
Consider height, depth when placing portable fire extinguishers in path of egress
Joint Commission issues more guidance designed to help healthcare facilities reduce suicides
Joint Commission’s focus on hand washing puts pressure on healthcare facilities
Unprecedented wildfires forced California hospitals to reinvent emergency plans on the fly
March 2018 - View Full Issue
Review ED policies, training on EMTALA, proper discharge after viral video
Joint Commission focuses on biohazard container labeling
Check new SAG lists, get latest IC manual to prepare for 2018 surveys
CDC issues guidelines for healthcare facilities for preventing the next outbreak
HFAP reports most-cited standards, suggestions for improvements
February 2018 - View Full Issue
CMS memo to clarify ligature risk policy sets stage for more guidance later
Risk assessment, clear mitigation strategies are keys to avoiding IJ for ligature risk
ECRI lists top tech hazards for healthcare
USP <800>: Effective date pushed back to 2019, but experts urge early adoption
USP timeline: More than 30 years of hazardous drug handling guidelines
January 2018 - View Full Issue
Document community collaboration, succession plans for new EM standards
Create a library of device manuals and documents to maintain compliance
Earthquake compliance spurs new designs
Q&A: Best practices for active shooter response and prevention in hospitals
The importance of an Alternative Life Safety Measures policy
BHS 2017 index: What you might have missed in 2017
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