Gifts for Healthcare Staff This Holiday Season

Posted by Larissa Biggers on December 13, 2019

While it should be an everyday occurrence, the holiday season is a perfect time to show your staff how much you care. Some businesses give employees time off to rest and relax, but this is not typically feasible in healthcare. Instead, consider gifts such as a catered lunch, a gift card, or a personalized thank-you note—or choose one or more of the options below.

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Topics: nurse, nursing, VA SPHM, safe patient handling, patient safety, nurse injury, networking, ColoWrap, SPHM, OSHA, healthcare, MSD

Rising Rates of Obesity and Healthcare Worker Injury: Just a Coincidence?

Posted by Larissa Biggers on December 06, 2019

Few would argue that we are a nation of portly people. No matter the reason—large portion sizes, lack of exercise—the fact remains that obesity in the US has reached epidemic proportions, with 39.6% adults meeting the criteria.

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Topics: nurse, nursing, safe patient handling, patient safety, nurse injury, SPHM, healthcare, obesity

Will Smith Gets Scoped

Posted by Larissa Biggers on November 22, 2019

You’ve probably heard it said before; the only screening tool that has the power to detect and prevent colorectal cancer (CRC) is colonoscopy—not FIT tests, not CT colonoscopy, and not stool DNA tests. While other methods might seem easier or less intimidating, they simply do not deliver the benefits of colonoscopy, that is, the ability to find and remove polyps.

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Topics: colonoscopy, adenoma, polyp, colorectal cancer, ADR, sessile serrated polyp, adenoma detection rate

Managing a Difficult Infection

Posted by Marybeth Spanarkel on November 15, 2019

The “difficile” in Clostridium difficile is a French word meaning “difficult.” The name choice was no accident. C. diff, now known as Clostridiodes difficile, is the most common hospital-acquired infection, with 453,000 cases and 29,300 deaths reported annually. Since 2000, there has been a marked increase in the number and severity of cases.

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Topics: nurse, nursing, patient safety, C. diff, C. difficile, infection, CDI

Just How Risky Is Abdominal Pressure?

Posted by Larissa Biggers on November 08, 2019

Anyone in involved in colonoscopy knows that applying abdominal pressure is risky business. But just how dangerous is it? An ergonomics expert weighs in.

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Topics: colonoscopy, nurse, endoscopy, nursing, patient, safe patient handling, endoscopy nursing, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, difficult colonoscopy, nurse injury, SPHM, video, ergonomics

Safety in High Reliability Healthcare

Posted by Larissa Biggers on November 01, 2019

According to the Joint Commission, high reliability healthcare organizations must demonstrate “consistent excellence in quality and safety across all services maintained over long periods of time.” It further notes that currently there is no healthcare facility that meets these standards. Despite the bleak statement, the Commission believes that the goal, while lofty, is achievable.

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Topics: nurse, nursing, safe patient handling, patient safety, nurse injury, SPHM, OSHA

5 Pointers for Acing Your Joint Commission Survey

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 25, 2019

For those not familiar with the Joint Commission, it is a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies over 22,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S. Accreditation and certification are completely voluntary, but entities that pass muster are recognized as prioritizing and delivering high quality patient care in a safe environment.

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Topics: colonoscopy, nurse, endoscopy, nursing, safe patient handling, patient safety, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, nurse injury, endoscope, OSHA, endoscopy tech

What's Your Risk for Workplace Injury?

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 18, 2019

Have you ever wondered if the physical tasks you perform at work are safe? In healthcare, for instance, overexertion from repetitive manual patient handling is the primary cause of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) for staff. Because daily duties routinely involve heavy manual lifting, pushing, or pulling, healthcare has the highest rate of MSDs among all industries. And different medical specialties come with different dangers. For instance, endoscopy (GI) staff must worry about the risks of applying abdominal pressure during colonoscopy, especially on obese patients.

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Topics: colonoscopy, nurse, endoscopy, nursing, safe patient handling, patient safety, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, endoscopist, injury endoscopist, nurse injury, endoscope, OSHA, endoscopy tech, Musculoskeletal, MSD

Preventing Endoscopy Staff Injury Explained in under a Minute

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 11, 2019

For healthcare staff, handling patients on a daily basis puts so much force on the musculoskeletal system that even perfect body mechanics cannot prevent pain and injury. Learn how endoscopy nurses and technicians can guard against the inevitable—in under a minute.

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Topics: colonoscopy, nurse, endocopy, nursing, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, nurse injury, SPHM, OSHA

Endoscopy Staff Injury Explained in under a Minute

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 04, 2019

Did you know that one of every two endoscopy staff will suffer a work-related musculoskeletal disorder? Find out why in under a minute.

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Topics: colonoscopy, nurse, endocopy, nursing, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, nurse injury, SPHM, OSHA

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