Physician Practice

Lab safety: A return to "normal"

Medical Environment Update, June 11, 2020

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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 evolving COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world—the way we educate, the way we conduct business, and the way we socialize (or don’t). In the lab and clinic settings, there are many practices and procedures that have changed or are now being questioned. Sometimes the answer evolves quickly, sometimes there is national guidance to assist with a particular issue, and sometimes your facility or organization makes the decisions for you. As the pandemic starts to wind down and we begin a return to “normal” practices, it’s time to address some issues that arose often in recent months but that should always be considered for employee safety.

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