Physician Practice

Doing what we've always done

Medical Environment Update, February 1, 2019

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Editor’s note: In this guest column, Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare, a multihospital system in Virginia, and otherwise known as “Dan, the Lab Safety Man,” discusses the important issues that affect your job every day.

The reference cytology lab has always had limited storage space for supplies and specimens. It uses tall wire racks to store the many liquid-based cytology specimen vials. The vials contain small amounts of flammable chemicals, and the shelves are 7 feet high. The lab staff have followed this storage procedure for 10 years.
It has taken Jan four years to get her clinical lab staff to a decent point of compliance with regard to PPE use. They are pretty good about donning lab coats and gloves, and they’ve greatly improved their use of face protection while handling open specimens. However, many of the lab’s staff members still refuse to give up wearing mesh sneakers while at work. Given the amount of work she’s put in already to get them this far, Jan feels that battling the shoe issue would not be worth her time or energy.

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