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OSHA Factsheet Dec 1, 2013 Training Requirements

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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Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet

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


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NAN Alert: Glacial Acetic Acid (≥ 99.5%) Mistakenly Applied Topically

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


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Ophthalmic Surgical Checklist

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


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CDC Position on Use of Single-Dose Vials

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

CDC-SDV-Position05022012.pdf


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Federal Blunt-Tip Suture Safety Recommendation

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


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CMS Letter on Safe Use of Single Dose Vials

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

Survey-and-Cert-Letter-12-35.pdf


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AHRQ's Medication Tracking Tool in Spanish

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...

SpanishPatientEdTool.pdf


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CMS Letter: Revisions to ASC Patient Rights Regulation

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...

SCLetter12_24.pdf


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Colonoscopies Contribute to Decline in Cancer Mortality Rates

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