The field of infection control never stays static for too long. New threats are sure to emerge, new guidelines, technology advances, and revised protocol continues to further the field. Fluid medical waste safety hasn’t exactly been at the forefront of infection control in recent years …except for here at Safetec, where we continue to develop and manufacture variations of fluid medical waste solidifier.
Healthcare workers involved in the preparation or administration of hazardous drugs require personal protection equipment, or PPE, to help prevent any of the drugs from getting on themselves, which will lead to many potential adverse effects. Some PPE which should be worn by anyone handling these hazardous drugs are NIOSH-certified respirators, gloves, full body covering gown, face and eye protection, hair covers, and shoe covers to help assure protection from exposure to these hazardous drugs. If the healthcare workers use this full kit to protect themselves while handling hazardous drugs, this will significantly decrease the risk of exposure to the hazardous drug.
Vaccines and antibiotics are different for a few reasons, and these can be good to know for what will be most beneficial to you depending on if you are already sick or preventing a potential future infection.
Hospital costs are essential to understanding value-based care and are even more critical when analyzing cost-saving interventions during surgery. Past reports have found that 1 minute in the OR ranges in cost from $7 to over $100 per minute, depending on the location and surgeon.
We all know how important it is to maintain a clean, healthy, and compliant work environment, so in support of National Healthy Lung Month (HLM), we are going to focus on workplace air quality. Occupational exposure to common and potentially hazardous airborne debris or bacterial contaminants can have a big impact on an employee's immediate and long term health. Varying based on the occupation, prolonged exposure to toxic air can be hazardous to laborers in both high and low concentrations. Common industrial gases and toxic dusts can cause damage to the lungs, resulting in serious conditions, cancers, and even death. So to help those most at risk, we are sharing common air pollutants based on specific occupations.
Out of all hospital operations, operating rooms are one of the most costly areas. However, it is extremely difficult to pinpoint the true cost of OR operations. According to research from Stanford University School of Medicine, hospital administrators often ballpark $15-$20 per minute for a basic surgical procedure.
The best time of the year in any facility is when a new budget is approved. You can purchase many new items that are necessary for operations. With this reward, comes a lot of responsibility. When thinking about new furniture, or equipment that will be a high touch surface, you need to make sure that surface can be cleaned and disinfected.
Everywhere you look in a hospital there is the potential for a hazard.
From the needles, slipping on the floor, tripping over debris and patients (possibly patient family members) becoming aggressive. A hospital is an unpredictable environment, so unpredictable that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the likelihood of an injury or illness resulting in days away from work is higher in hospitals than in the construction or manufacturing industries.