Physician Practice

The Power of the Pause

Medical Environment Update, February 11, 2021

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

The majority of laboratory injuries and exposures are preventable, and most of them occur because people are not paying close attention to the situation. They might lose their situational awareness because of a distraction, or they might have been inattentive from the start. Unfortunately, safety professionals spend a great deal of time investigating such incidents rather than working on preventing them. If the power of the pause were understood by more healthcare workers, there would be fewer dangerous incidents and exposures.

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