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National Safety Month Fall Prevention Tips

June 17th, 2022

​Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) designates June as National Safety Month to help bring awareness to the importance of ensuring safety in the workplace. This year, MedSafe is highlighting fall prevention and tips for reducing falls in the workplace.

Slips, trips and falls are among the leading causes of workplace injuries and death. In 2020, 805 workers died in falls, and 211,640 were injured badly enough to require days off of work.

OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

February 1st, 2022

As per the Occupational Safety and health Administration, “Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.

How does OSHA define a recordable injury or illness?

OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Update

July 6th, 2021

​On June 10, 2021, OSHA (the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration) released the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). This establishes new mandatory requirements, applicable to the healthcare industry.

Practicing Social Distancing in the Medical Practice

August 14th, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way healthcare facilities and medical practices deliver patient care across the world. Most medical practices in the US have re-opened, and the majority are adhering to strict safety procedures provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Top 7 COVID-19 Questions and Answers for Medical Practices

July 28th, 2020

1) How can a medical practice establish effective medical staff safety protocols?

The CDC recommends the following best practices:

COVID-19 Safety Tips for Medical Practices

July 17th, 2020

Many private medical practices have re-opened since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and are adhering to the safety guidance set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), OSHA, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Best Practices for Medical Offices and Clinics During COVID-19

April 24th, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have provided some helpful preparedness tips for medical offices and clinics to ensure their preparedness for COVID-19 and help protect your patients and healthcare workers. These best practices are critical to helping to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

National Safety Month: Part 2

June 24th, 2019

20 statistics that stress the importance of safety awareness and prevention at home and in the workplace.

National Safety Month

June 3rd, 2019

June is National Safety Month, join MedSafe in bringing awareness to the importance of ensuring healthcare safety in the workplace!

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019

March 11th, 2019

Research suggests that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, totalling over 250,000 deaths per year. (3) In addition, The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine estimates that every nine minutes, someone in a U.S. hospital dies due to a wrong or delayed medical diagnosis. (5) From a global perspective, The World Health Organization has estimated that 1 in 10 patients of high-income countries have been harmed while receiving care in a hospital, of which 50% of these incidents considered preventable. (1)

It’s Flu Season! Are you Ready?

December 17th, 2018

It’s no secret that we are in the peak of flu season! Whether you are a nurse, primary care physician, or healthcare professional you are not only susceptible to the virus itself, but you also play a significant role in helping to protect patients against influenza. The CDC recommends that all healthcare workers get vaccinated annually against influenza, as it is the best way to prevent the flu. They also recommend a yearly flu vaccine for all individuals ages 6 months and older.

5 Simple and Effective Evidence-Based Patient Safety Tips for Medical Staff

April 11th, 2018

Despite the progress made in patient safety over the years, medical errors are still a significant source of injury and said to be the third cause of death in the US, indicating there is still much work to be done. Continued safety education and awareness on the proper methods, procedures, and processes are vital to ensuring patient safety within hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide.

Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 26th, 2018

March 11-17, 2018 was National Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW). This week is about raising awareness of patient safety and best practices among healthcare providers and consumers. It is an ideal time for medical practices and healthcare organizations to celebrate successes and focus on patient safety opportunities. This week MedSafe would like to recognize all of the hardworking patient safety professionals that contribute to advancing patient safety, reducing risk, and maximizing value-based care.

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers

November 6th, 2017

The US Consumer Product and Safety Commission is recalling nearly 40 million Kidde-brand fire extinguishers because they may not work in an emergency. The fire extinguishers have been connected to one death, 16 injuries, 391 reports of failure to work properly, and 91 reports of property damage.

How Health Literacy Affects Patient Safety

October 25th, 2017

More than 77 million individuals in the United States have limited health literacy skills and will likely encounter challenges interpreting and acting upon health information. (2) According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, nine out of ten adults may not have the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease.

Is Nursing Engagement the Key to Reducing Medical Errors?

July 7th, 2017

Medical errors are now the third highest cause of death, accounting for more than 250,000 deaths per year in the US. (1) Second only to heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (3) Many believe this estimate is too low and the true number of deaths is around 400,000 per year (2).

OSHA Final Rule for Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

December 1st, 2016

To prevent work-related injuries and illness, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to record work-related injuries and illnesses in an “OSHA log.” OSHA is now issuing a new rule which requires certain employers to submit injury and illness data electronically, effective January 1, 2017.

Formaldehyde: Is Your Healthcare Facility Prepared?

September 14th, 2016

The failure to properly train employees on hazardous chemicals such as formaldehyde is the second most frequently cited violation in healthcare facilities across the US. In fact, fines as much as $112,000 have been issued by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to healthcare facilities for the failure to provide employees with the proper formaldehyde training and monitoring.

OSHA Implements a 78% Increase in Penalties- Is Your Office Compliant?

August 23rd, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just issued new penalty adjustments that will go into effect this month, based on recent legislation that requires federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. It has been more than 25 years since OSHA last adjusted their maximum penalties, therefor an increase of 78% will be implemented. Moving forward, penalties will be adjusted each year for inflation. Now more than ever, it is imperative for medical offices to be proactive to ensure their compliance.

5 Safety Tips for Medical and Dental Offices

July 11th, 2016

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