Healthcare Departments

A Strategy to Ensure IFUs are Followed in the SPD

October 31, 2018

By Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, CFER

Q:  Our department was recently cited for not having manufacturer’s written instructions (IFUs) for all the devices we clean and sterilize.  How do we ever comply with this?  We have so many items to process.

Vaccination: A Key Weapon in the Occupational Health Arsenal

October 31, 2018

One of the key interventions in occupational health is vaccination, particularly to protect against influenza. Flu among healthcare personnel (HCP) can lead to lost workdays and can spread to other workers and to patients who are at significant risk of serious flu complications.

Occupational Health: Joining Forces With Infection Prevention

October 31, 2018

By Kelly M. Pyrek

Two cornerstones of a culture of safety in the healthcare environment are occupational health (OH) services and infection prevention and control (IPC), and without direct communication and collaboration, healthcare personnel and patient safety can be jeopardized. 

Performing Rigid Container Testing

October 11, 2018

By Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, CFER

Q:  We were recently cited for not performing rigid container testing. We have not heard of this test. Can you advise what this is and why this is needed?