Workplace Hazards Communication Standards

Recent changes were made to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in order to align more cohesively with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The changes included new labeling requirements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets…

Fall Prevention

A vigorous and comprehensive fall prevention program at Cleveland Clinic Health System has resulted in an outperformance of national benchmarks and a 50% to 75% decrease in patient falls with significant harm over the past year alone. The program owes much of its success…

Skin Safety

Skin issues that develop within healthcare facilities pose a preventable yet reoccurring problem. In an effort to promote and encourage the development of skin safety programs to decrease the prevalence of skin issues within health facilities, the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society…

Keeping Nurses Safe, Sane and Satisfied

It is no surprise that nurse staffing is a subject of contention. After all, it is a highly complex issue regardless of the setting-acute care or outpatient. Many organizations focus solely on the inpatient issues surrounding immediate staffing concerns and fewer resources on the…

CRNA Work Hours and Patient Safety

Healthcare professionals, including nurse anesthetists, often work variable and extended hours outside of regular daytime working hours.1,2 Nurse anesthetists and other healthcare professionals have the ethical and professional responsibility to be prepared to provide safe patient care. Facilities schedule staff to provide services 24 hours…

Using Technology to Enhance Nurse Safety

Healthcare has seen an increase in violence, from assaults on staff, to issues of domestic violence between family members that carry over into the hospital. Unfortunately, violence is everywhere. All organizations, no matter how big or small, are challenged to provide the utmost protection…

Ensuring Nurses’ Safety in the Workplace

Violence in the workplace is one of the most complicated and dangerous occupational risks facing nurses working in today’s health care environment. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control National Institute for Occupational Safety and (CDC/NIOSH) define…

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