Drugs in Nursing Homes: 3 Success Strategies in Managing Pharmaceutical Waste in Long-term Care Facilities

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

Managing the operations of skilled nursing or long-term care facilities requires attention to a range of requirements – especially when it comes to managing pharmaceuticals. Federal regulations governing the management of hazardous waste, including hazardous pharmaceuticals, are detailed within the Environmental Protection Agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

RCRA’s requirements for storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous waste apply equally to all businesses, regardless of the industry they are in or the type of healthcare they provide. The Stericycle Hazardous Drug Disposal Services (HDDS) program is designed to address the Rx waste needs of a wide range of customers – including skilled nursing and long-term care facilities (LTCF), which often require a more customized approach. 

1. Know the difference between Rx product and Rx waste.

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Topics: Drug Waste, Pharmaceutical Waste, Drug Disposal, Pharmaceutical Waste Management, Managing Pharmaceutical Waste, Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Pop Quiz: What 5 Types of Waste NEVER Go in a Red Bag?

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

If you thought any type of waste can go into the red medical waste bag, you might be surprised. Read on for five waste categories that should never go in a red bag.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Disposal, Medical Waste Disposal, Red Bag Medical Waste, Red Medical Waste Bag

Call Center Services Build Patient Engagement in These 3 Facets of Care

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

Slowly but surely, healthcare is transitioning to a model in which patients are taking a more consumer-oriented approach to their healthcare, so the future of healthcare organizations will increasingly depend on the quality of the overall patient experience. The ability of healthcare organizations to keep patients engaged in their own care, from provider to provider, throughout the care continuum, will be a critical success factor.

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Topics: Communication Solutions, Answering Service, Appointment Reminder, Call Center

Top 8 Exposure Control Requirements That OSHA Expects

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Apr 09, 2014 @ 06:37 AM

For many, the first image that comes to mind when the words "EXPOSURE CONTROL" are brought up in healthcare is a needlestick injury. Healthcare safety experts report that annually hundreds of thousands of needlestick injuries take place.

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (1910.1030) aims to reduce needlestick injuries among other exposures to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Here are the top 8 Exposure Control requirements if you have employees who are exposed or have the potential to be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials:

  1.  Written Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan (ECP)

    • Steri•Safe OSHA Compliance Solutions customers can use the Steri•Safe Safety Plan Builder at MyStericycle.com to create the written Exposure Control Plan.
  2. Documented review and update of the ECP 

    Be sure to not only review and update your ECP annually, but also to document the fact that you have done so in writing. Include updates as you make changes to your operation (eg, staff changes or other changes that affect the Plan’s contents).
     
    • Steri•Safe OSHA Compliance Solutions customers can use the Steri•Safe Safety Plan Builder at MyStericycle.com to create the written Exposure Control Plan.
  3. Documented  consideration and implementation of safer medical devices at the site level

    • Steri•Safe OSHA Compliance Solutions customers can use the evaluation forms from Steri-Safe’s Safety Plan Builder at MyStericycle.com to document the fact that you have considered and implemented safer medical devices annually
  4. Documented solicitation of non-managerial input. 

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Bloodborne Pathogens, Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control, Exposure Control Requirements, Exposure Control Plans

Top 5 Myths About Conducting a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, Apr 02, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

Believing these common myths puts you at risk for a HIPAA breach or violation. Know the facts and consider if your organization is adequately identifying and addressing HIPAA threats and vulnerabilities.

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Topics: hipaa training, hipaa awareness training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa breach

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