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Topic: Healthcare - Benchmarking and Performance Criteria

 
 
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Improving Safety in Skilled Nursing Setting: One Facility’s Journey, Elise Condie and Jessica Ellison

This article outlines a national skilled nursing provider's journey through a 2013 NEP inspection. This federal OSHA inspection was conducted in a senior living facility and resulted in a serious-level General Duty Clause (5)(a) citation for the lack of a safe patient handling (ergonomic) program as well as other citations. Key points of the inspection and citation are summarized as a way to help others prepare and enhance healthcare safety programs to address these injury statistics and understand what to expect during an enforcement visit.

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How Teamwork Affects Trauma Team Performance, Bethany Harvey

Effective team exchange and communication results in higher performance by trauma teams according to a study published by Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine.

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The $14 Billion Case for Safety in Healthcare, Scott Harris

Another year, another billion dollar increase in lost-time injury costs for healthcare. With few OSHA inspections and low penalties, 15.9 million healthcare workers continually record some of the highest injury rates in the U.S., costing the industry $14 billion, and at least 2 million lost workdays in 2012. Provider and patient populations continue to grow, and millions of healthcare-associated infections and fatalities each year demonstrate the link between worker and patient safety. Beginning in 2012 targeted inspections and regional and national emphasis programs aimed additional inspections at nursing and residential care facilities.

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OSHA in Healthcare - VIDEO, Scott Harris

Healthcare workers continually record some of the highest injury and illness rates in the nation, costing $1B per week. With high rates, millions of patient Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) yearly, few OSHA inspections and low penalties, we finally got OSHA’s attention. The honor system is over, and emphasis programs and targeted inspections are underway.

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Mayo Clinic’s Mindful Movements in the Workplace, Kim Van Rooy, Stephanie Sutherland & Mike Squillace

Mayo Clinic’s mission is to inspire hope and to contribute to health and well being by providing the care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Mayo Clinic’s primary value is the “needs of the patient come first.” To achieve success with Mayo Clinic’s mission, employee safety and health must be of utmost importance and fully integrated in all of Mayo Clinic’s functions and operations.

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State of Safety: 2013, Kyle W. Morrison

Injury, illness and fatality figures have plateaued for the second year in a row as the economy continues its slow recovery. How will workplace safety be affected if the economy continues to improve?

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Syndromic Surveillance, Jim Speelman

Before Sept. 11,2001, public health interests in this country had recognized the vulnerability of the population to a terrorist biological attack and had planned for a possible occurrence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a strategic plan to address "the deliberate dissemination of biological or chemical agents.

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National Patient Safety Goals - 2003, Jim Speelman

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has announced six national patient safety goals that must be implemented and will be subject to accreditation survey beginning Jan. 1, 2003. To view the most recent goals visit www.jointcommission.org.

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Development & Implementation Issues Related to a Close-Call Reporting System, Jason M. Etchegaray, Debora Simmons and Chengyuan Yao

This article details five issues to consider when faced with developing and implementing a reporting system: anonymity, feedback, real-time access to data, technological integration and challenges, and usability.

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Emerging Issue: Sarbanes Oxley Act­ - OSHA Whistleblower Protection, Arana Vadgama

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is will be discussed in a series of legal proceedings to address issues under this act. Some legal scholars believe that it will go further than financial reporting and require dis­closure of a series of company operations, including SH&E. The act addresses compliance management from a high respective and does not indicate whether SH&E performance is excluded. Learn more about Sarbanes-Oxley and the emerging issue of whistleblower protection in this article.

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