Sharps Container Innovation

Posted by Rich D'Addario on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

The evolution of sharps management over the past few decades, recently detailed in Greenhealth Magazine, tells a unique story about hospital and health care system innovation, particularly as it relates to disease prevention.

In the story, Ann Marie Pettis, director of infection prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center, shares how sharps containers were handled and disposed of 30 years ago. While it may not seem like that long ago, using empty orange juice cartons with the tops removed and open mayonnaise jars were in fact considered safe practices in a clinical setting.

We all know these approaches would never pass a compliance review or a regulatory agency’s visit today. And we also know more about disease transmission and best safety practices now than we did then.

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Three Key Insights about C.diff Infections

Posted by Rich D'Addario on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

With more than 5,000 peer-reviewed articles posted to PubMed about Clostridum Difficile (C.diff), it can be overwhelming to cull out best practices and identify the most important insights for preventing its transmission. Recently an article published in Infection Control Today separated fact from fiction regarding possible causes of C.diff infection rates. A few key takeaways are emphasized by Kelly Romano, MPH, CIC, and are what all healthcare staff should know in order to best prevent disease transmission.

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Topics: C. difficile, CDC

Planning, Preparation and Partnerships for Managing the Unexpected

Posted by Rich D'Addario on Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

 A panel of environmental services (EVS) and waste stream experts convened to discuss emergency preparedness strategy, including EVS’ growing role and lessons learned from, Ebola –the worst health crisis in 35 years.. The panel walked through preparedness issues ranging from staff tracking to contact tracing to managing highly infectious waste. Panel guests also highlighted the importance of cross-functional teams and collaboration with hospitals, government officials, industry and community leaders.


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Topics: Ebola, CDC

Research the Research: Risk & Misinformation

Posted by Rich D'Addario on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 08:08 AM

Many of our customers spend a lot of their resources, time and energy toward risk minimization, compliance and safety. Whether their function is to manage nursing teams, environmental services or materials management, they rely on research, best practices and third-party counsel to help them navigate all potential risk factors throughout a healthcare network. The insights they gather through research and outside experts help them make complicated decisions around diverse processes and system-wide standards.

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Topics: Sharp Container, disease transmission

Leveraging Technology to Ensure Reliable Hazardous Drug Disposal

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Pharmaceutical Waste and the Environment

It seems like the impact of pharmaceutical waste on the environment hits the news every day, and your healthcare employees and community members are becoming more aware of these issues as well. It's important that you're working with your staff to ensure they're aware of the proper way to manage these materials. Being prepared and knowing what to do will help you and your employees mitigate risks both for their health and the health of the environment, while protecting you from potential legal liability. 

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Topics: Drug Waste, Pharmaceutical Waste, Drug Disposal, Healthcare Technology

Introducing Schedule & Save

Posted by Holly Schumacher on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

The products you need, the hassle you don't.SM

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Topics: Healthcare Compliance

Safeguarding Against HIPAA Violations and Penalties

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

Why It’s Time for a Reality Check

When it comes to medical practice management, most healthcare practices take information privacy and security very seriously in order to protect their patients. But, a large number of these organizations are often not entirely HIPAA compliant, leaving them open to potential breaches, HIPAA violations and penalties.

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Topics: hipaa training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa breach, hipaa training for employees, HIPAA Compliance, hipaa violations, hipaa penalties, medical practice management

Making Infection Control a Top Priority With Respiratory Protection

Posted by Richard Best on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Infection control should be a top priority within any organization, but especially in long-term care settings. As baby boomers continue to age, more patients will enter these facilities. Often times, long-term care patients have compromised immune systems due to age, making them more susceptible to contracting serious infections.

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Topics: OSHA infection control

How to Protect Your Employees and Avoid Potential OSHA Penalties

Posted by Richard Best on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Reduce the Risk of Needlesticks

1. Recognize the Threat

With approximately 600,000 needlestick injuries each year, the topic of bloodborne pathogens exposure is close to the hearts and minds of the 5.6 million U.S. healthcare workers who are at risk. These workers are familiar with the risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens via needlestick injuries and other sharps-related injuries.

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Topics: Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Meaningful Healthcare Compliance Partnerships

Posted by Rich D'Addario on Sun, Jul 19, 2015 @ 07:00 PM

Stericycle Leads the Way in Healthcare Compliance Partnerships

 Rich D'Addario is a Senior Vice President at Stericycle. During the course of 22 years, Rich has built a team that fosters customer collaboration and partnership.

At Stericycle, we are in the protection business – protecting people and brands while promoting health and safeguarding the environment. 

Our waste stream management services deliver this promise by helping healthcare leaders proactively mitigate risk and achieve safety, sustainability and culture milestones.

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Topics: Healthcare Compliance

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