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Update your OSHA safety manual: Injection safety, fire evacuation and portable fire extinguishers

OSHA Watch, May 8, 2009

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This month, Quality America focuses on injection safety practices in ambulatory settings and OSHA regulations on building evacuation and portable fire extinguisher use and maintenance.

Recent reports of life-threatening infections from substandard infection control practices not only have patients worried, but have also caught the attention of the CDC, state and local health departments, and infection control organizations.

Unsafe injection practices in outpatient settings in the past 10 years have caused serious infections to 450 patients and have sent 60,000 patients to seek testing for HBV, HCV, and HIV, according to a CDC report published in the January 6 Annals of Internal Medicine.

Even more recently, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) published “Reduce Your Risk of Infection Before an Ambulatory Procedure,” a tip sheet that guides patients in a discussion with their providers on infection control concerns.

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