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

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

Endoscopy Unit Wish List

Posted by Larissa Biggers on September 06, 2019

“What's one thing you wish you had in your [GI] lab, or one thing you couldn't live without that you currently have?” This attention-grabbing question was posted recently on an SGNA discussion board.

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Topics: nurse, endoscopy, nursing, safe patient handling, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, SGNA, SPHM, endoscopy tech, scope reprocessing

Endoscopy Nursing: An Olympic Event

Posted 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 the connection, because of the physical nature of a gastroenterologist’s job, the issue is an important one. And given the fact that one out of every two endoscopy staff will eventually suffer a work-related musculoskeletal (MSK) injury, the same question should be asked of nurses and nursing assistants.

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

Staff Safety and Morale: The Link is Clear

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 09, 2019

To attract and retain employees, some businesses offer perks ranging from on-site yoga to monthly karaoke parties. But once the novelty of these benefits wears off, do they really boost morale? Do employees really feel that the company understands their needs? Are the investments genuine? While some employees do appreciate such services, most would rather know that that their organization truly cares about them as individuals.

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Topics: nurse, endocopy, endoscopy, nursing, VA SPHM, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, nurse injury, SPHM, OSHA

SPHM Alphabet Soup

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 02, 2019
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Topics: VA, VA SPHM, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, endoscopy nursing, nurse injury, SPHM, OSHA, OSHA violation

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