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Staying Out of the Loop / patient safety

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 …

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Topics:nursenursingVA SPHMsafe patient handlingpatient safetynurse injurynetworkingColoWrapSPHMOSHAhealthcareMSD

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 …

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Topics:nursenursingsafe patient handlingpatient safetynurse injurySPHMhealthcareobesity

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 …

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Topics:nursenursingpatient safetyC. diffC. difficileinfectionCDI

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 …

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Topics:nursenursingsafe patient handlingpatient safetynurse injurySPHMOSHA

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 …

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Topics:colonoscopynurseendoscopynursingsafe patient handlingpatient safetyGI nursingendoscopy nursingnurse injuryendoscopeOSHAendoscopy tech

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 …

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Topics:colonoscopynurseendoscopynursingsafe patient handlingpatient safetyGI nursingendoscopy nursingendoscopistinjury endoscopistnurse injuryendoscopeOSHAendoscopy techMusculoskeletalMSD

by Larissa Biggers, on September 27, 2019

In the recent past, hospitals and healthcare organization balked at the cost of safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) equipment, for instance, patient lifts. Over the last few years, however, …

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Topics:nursenursingpatient safetyhospital costsSPHMOSHAphysicianhealthcare

by Larissa Biggers, on September 20, 2019

Inadequate staffing and substandard patient handling equipment can get in the way of a nurse’s ability to care for patients. And then there is the human factor. Walk into any …

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Topics:nursenursingpatient safetyhospital costsSPHMOSHAphysicianhealthcaredisruptive behavior

by Larissa Biggers, on September 13, 2019

In 2018, the number of U.S. workers involved in strikes and lockouts was at its highest rate since 1986. This is despite the fact that percentage of U.S. workers who belong …

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Topics:nursenursingpatient safetyhospital costsSPHMOSHA

by Larissa Biggers, on August 23, 2019

A recent article in Endoscopy International raises the question, “Should the endoscopist be considered and trained like an athlete?” Although those outside the field of endoscopy might not immediately see …

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Topics:colonoscopynurseendoscopynursingsafe patient handlingpatient safetyGI nursingendoscopy nursinglooping in colonoscopyendoscopistinjury endoscopistnurse injuryendoscopeOSHAendoscopy tech

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