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Safety Articles by Topic: Infection Control

Current recommendations for infection control among health care providers may not be adequate

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 1, 2013

    Some people with the flu emit more of the air-borne virus than others, suggesting that the current...

Rapid DNA sequencing used with clinical laboratory tests to halt MRSA outbreak

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 1, 2013

    This may be a first for medical laboratory medicine. In England,  researchers used real-time...

Firing employees who don't get flu shots: What risks do hospitals face?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, January 24, 2013

    As hospitals continue to see an onslaught of flu patients, they also face challenges to flu...

Examining Common Arguments Against Influenza Vaccination

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 18, 2013

    Following last year's season of low activity, influenza is surging across the country and as of...

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 1, 2013

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sirturo (bedaquiline) as part of combination...

Court tosses racketeering charge in hepatitis case, allows other charges against Las Vegas doctor to stand

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 53, December 27, 2012

    The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a racketeering charge against high-profile Las Vegas...

Collaborative MRSA Control Efforts Would Pay Off

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 20, 2012

    Coordinated surveillance and isolation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA...

Method for Making Universal Flu Vaccine is Discovered

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 20, 2012

    A new process to make a one-time, universal influenza vaccine has been discovered by a researcher...

News brief: DNA sequencing of MRSA used to stop outbreak

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 15, 2012

    An outbreak of the hospital superbug MRSA has been brought to an end by UK doctors cracking the...

Ask the expert: Positive TB test with new hires

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 19, 2012

    Q: We are a low-risk setting for TB. What is the follow-up when a new worker has a positive skin...

AORN nixes multidose vials among other medication recommendations

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 5, January 31, 2012

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses hopes two new recommendations will prompt...

Recommendations for healthcare personnel immunizations updated

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 6, 2011

    For those responsible for ensuring compliance with healthcare worker immunizations, the CDC has...

Shuffling bacteria when shuffling paper

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 52, December 6, 2011

    While many areas in our lives strive to go paperless, it, meaning paper, is still around, and its...

Survey measures prevalence of mandatory flu shot policies

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, November 15, 2011

    Most institutional requirements for flu shots among staff members are not as strict or as...

Weekly poll: CDC and minimum expectations for outpatient infection control

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 1, 2011

    Does your outpatient setting meet the requirement of having at least one individual with training...

Drug firms found liable in Vegas hepatitis C case

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 13, 2011

    Drug companies must pay a total of $20.1 million to five plaintiffs affected by an outbreak of...

Physician to stand trial for hepatitis outbreak

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 39, September 29, 2011

    The physician at a Las Vegas clinic associated a hepatitis outbreak is competent to stand trial.

Editor’s Choice: Free bedbug advice for healthcare facilities

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, September 27, 2011

    Check out the Briefings on Infection Control article: “Bedbugs: What to do when bedbugs...

Washington State claims highest hospital worker flu shot coverage

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 40, September 13, 2011

    Hospital workers in Washington state lead the nation in flu immunizations, according to the...

New Jersey, no garden state for bedbugs

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 6, 2011

    New Jersey isn’t sleeping tight with bedbugs as the state’s Senate passed a bill...

Study: Patient safety trumps personal safety for motivating hand washing

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 6, 2011

    The best way to get healthcare workers to wash their hands is not to scare them about their own...

Weekly poll: Can you pass the "Joisey" bedbug test?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 39, September 6, 2011

    Could you show proof of a bedbug extermination plan being in place in your healthcare facility...

Body scanners bringing fashion and fit to PPE

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 38, August 30, 2011

    The practicality of custom-tailored isolation gowns may not be right around the corner, but...

Notes from the Field: Who gave you that bad advice?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 9, 2011

    Safety needles only for HIV and hepatitis patients; wiping and rinsing semi-critical instruments...

Weekly poll: What’s riskier, a hospital stay or air travel?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 2, 2011

    Do you agree with the statement by a World Health Organization official that a hospital stay places...

Study: Clinical and nonclinical workers susceptible to H1N1

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 26, 2011

    Nonclinical healthcare workers were just as likely to come down with the flu as were clinical...

Video instructs on safe injection practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 30, July 26, 2011

    The Immunization Action Coalition is promoting a free video focusing on eliminating unsafe...

CDC posts infection control checklist for outpatient settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 19, 2011

    The CDC has posted a new checklist: Prevention Checklist for Outpatient Settings: Minimum...

Stakeholders to convene on infectious disease standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 12, 2011

    In the Federal Register, OSHA published notice of two stakeholder meetings on July 29 to gather...

Ask the expert: When in doubt--or ignorant--blame it on OSHA

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 5, 2011

    Q: Is it an OSHA regulation that a carry-out coffee with a lid on the container cannot be brought...

Who was that masked man? Somebody without a flu shot

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 25, June 21, 2011

    Requiring workers who decline flu shots to wear masks from November through March is credited with...

Comparing states on flu shot coverage

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 14, 2011

    A CDC report shows how states compared on vaccination coverage for last year’s flu season and...

Q&A: OSHA, Yes or no on mandatory flu shots?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 14, 2011

    Q: What is OSHA’s position on mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers?

Weekly poll: Reaching the flu shot goal

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 14, 2011

    By 2020, will the U.S. meet the CDC’s Healthy People influenza vaccination rate target of 80...

Weekly poll: Germ-ridden cell phones and safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 23, June 7, 2011

    Is cell phone usage a detriment to patient and worker safety in your healthcare facility?

Tip of the Week: OSHA updates requirements for PPE with new enforcement guidelines

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 70, May 26, 2011

    The following is an excerpt from the May issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety Pay close attention...

Editor’s Choice: What you need to know about pertussis protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 21, May 24, 2011

    The May Briefings on Infection Control focuses on pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and how...

Weekly Poll: Opinion on healthcare facilities with serious OSHA violations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 69, May 19, 2011

    HCPro’s OSHA Healthcare Advisor reported last week that an assisted living facility was fined...

Weekly Poll: "Apping" away at work

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 18, May 3, 2011

    How common is the use of smartphone or mobile application technology in the healthcare workplace...

Products aren't preventing MRSA, FDA warns

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 17, April 26, 2011

    The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to believe the claims of hand sanitizer...

Mac’s Safety Space: Transporting blood and urine samples

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 65, April 21, 2011

    Q: A question about transporting blood and urine samples. Do the samples need to be in a biohazard...

Weekly Poll: Would your facility pass an infection control inspection?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 19, 2011

    If a state health department inspector appeared at your facility today, could you pass inspection?

Q&A: Home care and hepatitis B and TB protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 15, April 12, 2011

    Q: In home care, are nurses and other staff providing care to patients in their homes required to...

CDC updates about infected prep pads

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 13, March 29, 2011

    The CDC has added information with “Notes from the Field: Contamination of Alcohol Prep Pads...

Weekly Poll: Healthcare workers and penalties for exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 12, March 22, 2011

    A bill proposed in the New York state legislature would make it a felony for healthcare workers if...

Weekly Poll: Wearing scrubs outside of the hospital

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 10, March 8, 2011

    The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths in New York City suggests hospitals start banning workers...

Mac’s Safety Space: Linens in the ENT clinic

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 58, March 3, 2011

    Q: We have been having a discussion about the linens in our ear, nose, and throat (ENT) clinic...

CDC: Hepatitis outbreak kills six due to unsafe blood glucose monitoring

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 9, March 1, 2011

    An investigation by the CDC confirmed that fingerstick devices at an assisted-living facility was...

Mac’s Safety Space: Joint Commission standards on mop and rag laundering

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 57, February 24, 2011

    Q: We're concerned about whether the way our mops and rags are laundered are up to Joint Commission...

Tip of the Week: Hospitals have unique challenges to ensure air quality

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 56, February 17, 2011

    One of the main issues hospitals face when it comes to clean air quality is the patients they tend...

Patients need testing due to dentist’s shoddy infection control practices

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    The Dayton Veterans Administration Hospital will provide hepatitis and HIV testing to 553...

Editor’s Choice: More on sterile processing training

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    In her “Sterile Matters” feature, OSHA Healthcare Advisor blogger Michele DeMeo writes...

Weekly Poll:What’s your confidence level in protecting from pertussis?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    The Joint Commission released a monograph that explained how healthcare professionals are more...

Mac’s Safety Space: When equipment retires ...

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 55, February 10, 2011

    I was doing some work recently when I came upon an interesting situation. During the course of the...

Weekly Poll:Healthcare workers and antibacterial soap

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    With healthcare workers performing hand hygiene more than the average U.S. consumer, is there a...

Dust bunnies find their way into Missouri hospital

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, January 20, 2011

    Calling all dust busters, feather dusters, and brooms: The University of Missouri Health Care needs...

Toolkit prepares nursing homes for influenza pandemic

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2011

    A new tool created by the New Jersey Hospital Association will help nursing homes deal with an...

Editor’s Choice: Expert views on needlestick prevention

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 11, 2011

    The feature article for the January issue of Medical Environment Update reports on a gathering of...

Weekly Poll: New technology and its effect on your safety

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 2, January 11, 2011

    When new technology is introduced into your work routine, do you ever question the possibility of...

Disinfectant fog is not your friend

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    New infection-control technology had unintended consequences for New Jersey emergency medical...

Weekly Poll: Working when ill

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    A survey done by Halls, the cough drop maker, found that economic considerations play a significant...

Weekly Poll: Progress on healthcare-associated infections

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 49, December 14, 2010

    With Healthy People 2020 promising a prevention and reduction of healthcare-associated infections...

Infection control lapses point to worker meningitis infections

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 30, 2010

    The CDC says that a lack of communication and inadequate infection control practices probably...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Ditching dirty magazines for IC

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 23, 2010

    A hospital in Toronto banned magazines from the waiting room in order to prevent the spread of...

Q&A: OSHA and privacy curtains

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 9, 2010

    Q: What’s the OSHA requirement for laundering privacy or cubicle curtains in an ambulatory...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: What if the bedbugs were biting in your facility?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 43, October 26, 2010

    There have been more and more reports about bedbugs, even in healthcare.

Supreme Court to examine vaccination company protection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 19, 2010

    A lawsuit filed against pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Protection for vaccine manufacturers?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 42, October 19, 2010

    Should vaccine manufacturers be protected from lawsuits due to side-effect complaints? Take our...

Global Handwashing Day strives to raise awareness on October 15

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    Washing our hands with soap and water has always been the most effective way to avoid infectious...

Editor’s choice: Scoping out endoscope challenges

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    Endoscopes are challenging to clean and disinfect. In fact, they are among the most difficult...

Tie EC and IC together to create a safe environment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, September 2, 2010

    Joint Commission compliance and survey success depend on effective management of the care...

AHA goes thumbs down on a new OSHA standard

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 10, 2010

    The American Hospital Association submitted a comment to OSHA recommending that the agency not...

Editor's Choice: A Q&A on best-practices for multidose vials

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 10, 2010

    There has been much more attention recently on multidose vials, particularly the expiration date of...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Needleless connectors

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 32, August 10, 2010

     Does your facility use positive displacement needleless connectors? This week’s poll...

Q&A: X-rays for TB screening

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 31, August 3, 2010

    Q: How often do you need a chest x-ray if you test positive to TB? A staff physician believes he...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Spiking IV bags

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 29, July 20, 2010

    How soon in advance to spike IV bags is a contentious topic among healthcare professionals.

Improperly cleaned dental instruments result in potential HIV exposures

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    A Missouri VA hospital is being scrutinized for potentially exposing 1,800 veterans to diseases...

When more isn't always better with disinfection

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    The saying "more isn’t always better" is true in the case of detergents and...

Editor's Choice: Approaching perfection on worker flu shot acceptance rates

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 28, July 13, 2010

    In the last few years, Lakeview Medical Center in northwest Wisconsin and BJC Healthcare in St...

AMA worried if your lab coat is safe, for you and patients

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2010

    At its annual meeting, the American Medical Association recently announced plans to conduct formal...

Criminal charges handed down for Nevada hepatitis C outbreak

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2010

    In case regulatory agencies like your state health department or CMS don't keep you up at night...

Infectious disease groups appeal to Obama to pull back on N95 enforcement

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    Three infectious disease professional associations have written to President Obama, asking him to...

Mac’s Safety Space: OSHA raises the stakes in the N95 respirator debate

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

The CDC reaffirms N95s for healthcare worker protection against H1N1

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    As we first reported last week on our Twitter account and in Mac’s Safety Space, the Centers...

NIOSH questions one method of UV infection control

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Ultraviolet-C light, when pointed straight down into a surgical site for infection control...

Healthcare workers rally against mandatory flu shots in NY

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    Opposition continues in New York state to a mandatory order that all hospital workers with direct...

Tip of the week: Take our H1N1 vaccine poll

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put healthcare workers who have contact with...

H1N1: Nurses protest in CA, while regulators push mandatory vaccine in NY

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    Controversy is swirling this month around protection measures for healthcare workers from the H1N1...

Tip of the week: Review The Joint Commission's updated info about steam sterilization

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    Based on discussions with industry groups, The Joint Commission plans to focus more closely on all...

Epidemiology association suggests respirator use isn’t necessary to protect from H1N1

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 25, June 17, 2009

    Epidemiologists who first promoted respirator use for the current flu pandemic now say it is not...

Nationwide, H1N1 tests hospitals’ emergency response

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    Health officials in San Diego Count y have begun the preparation for a potential resurgence of the...

Tip of the week: In the wake of TB exposures, check your facility’s isolation rooms for air leaks

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    A pediatric physician-in-training who inadvertently saw young patients at three Chicago area...

Tip of the week: Review NIOSH’s recommendations for respirator use during biological incidents

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    For those of you involved with emergency planning for potential biological weapons and agents, the...

Mac’s Safety Space: What The Joint Commission says about housekeeping activities

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Tip of the week: FDA warns about use of insulin pens for multiple patients

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 12, March 26, 2009

    Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release warning healthcare...

Mac’s Safety Space: Wag the magnet: An MRI cleaning tale

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Tip of the week: Katie Couric, step up for your shot

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    Many of you involved with emergency preparation are familiar with the idea of identifying critical...

Bloodborne remains No. 1, but asbestos jump is notable

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    Although bloodborne pathogens violations continue to be the top employee safety issue in general...

Tip of the week: Anticipate late-arriving victims following large crashes

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Last week’s plane crash into the Hudson River in New York City provided a call to action to...

Better infection control measures needed in ambulatory care settings

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    A study by the CDC has pinned unsafe injection practices on 33 outbreaks of hepatitis in U.S...

Upcoming EtO sterilizer rule takes effect in December

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    You should pay attention to an important upcoming deadline, as a rule mandating that hospitals run...

Tip of the week: Review the CDC's new sterilization recommendations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 19, 2008

    Safety committees may want to discuss a new guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and...

Inflatable tents provide quick, safe mobile medical centers

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 44, November 18, 2008

    Forget water, just add air.   That’s the new procedure for the inflatable mobile...

Review wipe policies with infection control

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 8, August 1, 2008

    A new British study suggests that antibacterial wipes can actually spread "superbug"...

Lessons from an infection control survey apply to you, too

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2008

    Below are some infection control survey tips that tie into EC concerns or have similar implications...

Beyond patients, MRSA is a big employee concern, too

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2008

    Mandated protection from Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, pronounced MER-sah...