Safety & Compliance

Sharps Injuries: Are You Taking Your Risk Seriously?

When it comes to healthcare, the safety of both patients and healthcare workers is paramount. One often overlooked but critical aspect of healthcare safety is the proper disposal of sharps. Sharps injuries, which include needle sticks and cuts from other sharp medical instruments, can have serious consequences for everyone involved. As a responsible medical waste disposal company, Waste Medic is here to shed light on this important issue and help you understand why it’s crucial […]

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What to Do If You Experience a Sharps Injury

Per the CDC, a sharps injury is a penetrating stab wound from a needle, scalpel, or another sharp object that may result in exposure to blood or other body fluids. This can include scalpels, razors, needles, lancets, blades, broken glass or any other sharp implement. The CDC knows there are many needle sticks and sharps injuries that occur during a year in hospitals and healthcare facilities, with over half of them unreported. Most happen innocently, like when nurses […]

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Importance of Safe Working Conditions for Healthcare Workers

Healthcare organizations are recommended to develop a safety culture to promote both patient and occupational well-being. Safety culture is defined as the product of an individual and group values, perceptions, competencies, attitudes, and patterns of behavior that result in the commitment to, understanding, and proficiency of an organization’s health and safety management. Positive safety cultures are predicated on mutual trust and shared perceptions of the importance of safety as well as confidence in the efficacy […]

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Nurses Experience Needlestick Injuries With Evenity Syringe Needle

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has received multiple reports of potential and actual needlestick injuries involving romosozumab-aqqg (Evenity), risking the transmission of blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), or HIV to health care providers and patients. Romosozumab is indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis in patients who are intolerant of or have failed other available osteoporosis therapies and for postmenopausal women at high risk for fracture. The […]

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Preventing Needlestick & Sharps Injuries in the Healthcare Industry

In healthcare settings, the safety and well-being of healthcare workers are paramount. One overlooked area of concern is the occurrence of needlestick and sharps injuries. These incidents, often a consequence of mishandling medical waste, pose a significant health risk to healthcare professionals. This comprehensive guide aims to provide a thorough understanding of needlestick and sharps injuries, their implications, and practical steps for their prevention. Understanding Needlestick & Sharps Injuries A needlestick injury is a percutaneous […]

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Rising Demand for Chemotherapy Containers: Ensuring Safe and Effective Treatment

The rising demand for chemotherapy containers reflects the increasing prevalence of cancer and the growing need for safe and effective treatment options. Chemotherapy is a crucial component of cancer therapy, and the containers used to store and administer chemotherapy drugs play a vital role in ensuring the safety and efficacy of the treatment. Here are some key considerations to ensure safe and effective treatment with chemotherapy containers: Container Design and Materials: Chemotherapy containers should be […]

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OSHA Compliance in the Workplace

Workplace health and safety are top of mind for employers, especially after a recent incident at a Mars factory, where workers fell into a vat of chocolate. To prevent such accidents, it’s important for businesses to incorporate Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance into the DNA of company operations and management — and to work with brokers, insurers and consultants to handle complex situations. OSHA compliance is a critical organizational element and its management […]

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Environmental Sustainability Innovation: Leading Companies in Sharps Disposal Containers & Medical Devices

The medical devices industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by increased need for homecare, preventative treatments, early diagnosis, reducing patient recovery times and improving outcomes, as well as a growing importance in technologies, such as machine learning, augmented reality, 5G and digitization. In the last three years alone, there have been over 450,000 patents filed and granted in the medical devices industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Environment Sustainability in […]

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Michael Dowling: 6 Ground Rules for Hospital Cost Cutting

A difficult year for hospital and health system finances brought with it renewed attention to expenditures. Scrutinizing costs is a job that should be done with the same amount of precision and care as your top surgeons in the OR, because one mistaken move can cause several complications and long-term damage. Any time I’m faced with the issue of reviewing cost reduction strategies, I like to keep a few principles in mind to guide my […]

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Providers Warned about Preparing for New HIPAA Regs

Long-term care providers who have had their attention diverted by pandemic and other urgent matters need to start preparing for new HIPAA requirements as soon as possible, a pair of health-records experts stressed at the PointClickCare CONNECT@SUMMIT 2022. The complexity of demands on providers will ramp up considerably and there is little time to waste devising new plans and processes, noted Jayne Warwick, a one-time facility director of operations and currently the senior director of […]

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