The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and David Stuckler (Bocconi University
The World Health Organization (WHO) created the Surgical Safety Checklist over a decade ago, in an effort to reduce mortality after surgery.
By Kelly M. Pyrek
It is acknowledged that the operating room (OR) is a demanding environment in which to practice optimal infection prevention and control techniques, and new guidance points to the inconsistency with which practitioners observe policies.
By Ashley Brooks BA, CRCST, CFER; and Jonathan Reimer, MBA, CRCST
By William C. Henry Sr., CRCST
By Anthony Thurmond, CRCST, CIS, CHL
For many years, central service/sterile processing (CS/SP) was the behind-the-scenes department that wasn’t always recognized for its critical contributions to patient care and patient safety.
By Stephanie Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM
In every operating room (OR) or procedural area, a patient deserves the peace of mind that the endoscopic instruments they are exposed to are free of any potentially infectious matter that can harm them.
By Aakash Agarwal PhD
AOHP Releases 2016 and 2017 Report of Its National Survey on Blood Exposures Among U.S. Healthcare Workers
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently released report of the EXPO-S.T.O.P. (EXPOsure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice) 2016 and 2017 surveys in the AOHP Journal (Vol. 39, No. 1). AOHP's EXPO-S.T.O.P.
Colorado Now Requires Hospitals and ASCs to Adopt, Implement Policies to Prevent Exposure to Surgical Smoke
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law new legislation that will require licensed hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to adopt and implement policies to prevent human exposure to surgical smoke.