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Influenza Outbreak: What your business should be doing
The current influenza season may be the most widespread since the H1N1 pandemic of 2009-2010. Due to medical advances, today's flu outbreaks have not taken the human toll they once did. However, the financial impact on business and global trade is much greater than ever before.
Cleaning and disinfection plans during an influenza outbreak
The influenza virus can live as long as eight hours on some surfaces. Proper cleaning and disinfection are effective ways to minimize the spread of the virus through surface contact. Whether you have in-house janitorial staff or a contract cleaning service, it is important to have a comprehensive cleaning plan to help ensure all parties understand their responsibilities.
The Fight Against HAIs at Long Term Care Facilities
For more than a decade, researchers and healthcare professionals have been fighting an uphill battle against healthcare associated infections (HAIs). The impacts go well beyond the financial costs of having to treat patients who get sicker. The toll in human terms is staggering when tallying the suffering and death of patients and residents.
The epidemiology of malpractice claims in primary care: a systematic review
Healthcare in the primary care setting is becoming increasingly complex. These complexities include caring for patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy, the pressure of short consultation times and the increasingly fragmented nature of primary and secondary care. All these issues increase the risk of unintentional patient harm.
Preventing slip and fall accidents in nursing homes and long term care facilities
Slips and falls are a leading type of accident occurring in nursing homes and other long term healthcare facilities. In addition to the alarming frequency of these accidents, the injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents can be very serious, requiring a long time for recovery or leading to the onset of debilitating or even life threatening complications. Accordingly, the prevention of slips and falls in the long term care environment must be viewed an indicator of quality care.
Just like the people who use them, wheelchairs come in all shapes, sizes and conditions. There are manual and powered wheelchairs and wheelchairs that allow users to go from a standing to a sitting position. Some are equipped with removable arms that allow for easier lateral transfer. All wheelchairs need the user to fully understand the safety precautions to consider when operating the chair, as well as, the recommended inspection, maintenance and servicing requirements.
Hand Hygiene in the Healthcare Setting
Hand hygiene refers to handwashing, antiseptic handwash/handrubs, or surgical hand antiseptics. Proper hand hygiene is the best way to keep from getting sick and prevent germs from being spread to others. For hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities, hand hygiene is particularly important to control disease transmission. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appropriate handwashing results in a reduced incidence of both nosocomial (acquired in a healthcare facility) and community infections.
Infectious Disease Control in the Workplace
An infectious disease, sometimes referred to as "contagious" or "communicable," spreads from person to person by various routes and is caused by pathogens (i.e., germs or "bugs"). Preventing the spread of infectious diseases requires basic infection-control procedures, including appropriate hand washing technique, personal hygiene and keeping the workplace clean. Educating employees on the basic practices and other information on transmission and common prevention measures can have a huge impact on your ability to control infectious diseases in the workplace.
Patient Fall Prevention Program
Falls are the leading cause of accidents for people over the age of 65 and a leading cause of serious injury in hospitals and long-term care facilities. In the United States, one of every three adults 65 years old or older falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among people 65 years and older and are the most common cause of injuries and hospital admissions for trauma among the elderly.