OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard...
OSHA Fact Sheet 12-1-13 Training Requirements.pdf
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CMS, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have developed a comprehensive infection control worksheet to evaluate compliance with infection control requirements. This worksheet serves as a guide for ASCs wishing to fine-tune their infection control practices. ...
Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet June 2015.pdf
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), which operates the National Medication Errors Reporting Program, is warning healthcare providers about repeated incidents of accidental application of “glacial” acetic acid (≥ 99.5%) to skin or mucous membranes instead of a much more diluted...
NAN Alert January2013.pdf
The American Academy of Ophthalmology and OMIC asked key ophthalmic societies to join them in developing a task force to devise an ophthalmic-specific surgical checklist. #PatientCare #FormorTemplate #PatientSafety #Ophthalmology #QualityReporting
Ophthalmic Surgical Checklist.pdf
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines call for medications labeled as “single dose” or “single use” to be used for only one patient. #PatientSafety #PatientCare
The FDA, CDC, NIOSH and OSHA strongly encourage health care professionals to use blunt-tip suture needles as an alternative to standard suture needles when suturing fascia and muscle to decrease the risk of needlestick injury. #PatientSafety #PressRelease #PatientCare
FDA Blunt Tip Surgical Suture Needles.pdf
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterated its policy prohibiting multiple uses of vials labeled for single use in a letter to the agency’s state Survey Directors. #InfectionPrevention #PatientCare #PatientSafety
Download this brochure from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to educate Spanish-speaking patients on how to manage medications safely. The brochure includes a detachable, wallet-size card that patient can personalize to keep track of their medicines, including vitamins and herbal...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a letter to its state survey agency directors clarifying that, as long as the information is provided before surgery begins, ASCs can provide notification of patients’ rights, physician financial interests and the ASC’s advance...
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) today lauded the findings of an independent study released by the highly respected New England Journal of Medicine which provides new evidence that colonoscopies save lives—perhaps reducing colorectal cancer mortality by as much as 53%. The study...
Colonoscopies Contribute to Decline in Cancer Mortality Rates.pdf