Safety - April 2015

Workplace violence is on the rise for nursing staff

An Occupational Health Safety Network report finds risks highest among nurse assistants


Consider systems, human factor to curb infection, study says

Healthcare facilities urged to look beyond isolated practices of staff when working to curb infections


Healthcare has most nonfatal occupational injuries for all private industries in 2013

One in five reported nonfatal occupational injuries occurred among workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry


Q&A on exit signage

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about exit signage


International collaboration focuses on patient safety

An international partnership of 16 health systems will collaborate on patient safety issues such as hospital-acquired infections


Irish hospital exposes patients to burn risks

Inspectors found unhygienic medication practices and safety hazards at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown


Q&A on egress lighting and battery powered emergency lights

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about egress lighting and battery powered emergency lights


Q&A on dust on sprinkler heads

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about dust on sprinkler heads


Patient violence among ECRI's patient concerns

ECRI Institute's 2015 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns also includes alarm hazards


N.D. hospital adds Ebola-ready rooms

Sanford Health adds two new rooms equipped to safely treat patients with highly contagious infections


Designing for long-term infection control

Planners and designers are working with clinicians and facilities staff to improve prevention from pre-design programming through specification


OSHA updates workplace violence guidelines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its 1995 and 2004 editions of Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers, according to an article on the Long-term Living website


Protecting healthcare staff from patients

Technology gives staff quicker and more efficient means of summoning help


Hospital security boosted after nurses express fears following attacks

Australia's Westmead Hospital reacts to reports of violent crimes near the facility


Splashes can be overlooked risk for healthcare facility workers

Splashes from cleaning bedpans, and emptying suction cups can transfer a pathogen through the eyes, nose, or mouth


Curbing incidents of wandering at senior facilities

Electronic equipment such as bed and door alarms, video cameras and resident tracking devices can help prevent elopement


Kansas hospital tests positive for Legionella bacteria

The facility has installed filters in the showers in the long-term care and in-patient units


Boston-area hospital to use new non-lethal security device

Newton-Wellesley Hospital to introduce devices for its security staff, as hospitals across the country have seen an increase in violent attacks by patients


Healthcare design is putting more focus on infection control

Designers are now exploring more automated ways to combat bacteria


Chemicals used to make products antimicrobial are classified as pesticides/biocides

Fabrics and flooring treated with antimicrobial agents that prevent bacterial growth create more problems than they solve


Q&A on medical gas system deficiencies

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about medical gas system deficiencies



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