Are My Healthcare Facility’s Drugs Hazardous?

Posted by Wade Scheel on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 05:01 PM

Read on to learn about the types of hazardous drugs commonly found in healthcare organizations.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Medical Waste Incineration Is an Essential Component of Our Healthcare System

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 02:44 PM

By Selin Hoboy, Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Stericycle

We are very fortunate in the U.S. to have an excellent and readily available healthcare system. However, maintaining such a system requires many behind-the-scenes support services that many of us are unaware of or take for granted. Managing medical waste is one such service. Every day, a wide range of potentially infectious or chemical waste is created requiring special disposal; this includes needles from routine vaccinations, tumors removed from patients, trace chemicals remaining in an IV line, or bloodied supplies from treating an accident victim.

Of millions of tons of waste generated from our ho spital systems each year, just 6-8% percent (per Practice Greenhealth) is considered “regulated medical waste” requiring treatment from companies like Stericycle.  While most people think that all regulated medical waste is incinerated, only about 10% is treated via incineration.
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Topics: Medical Waste

5 Steps Hospital CEOs Can Take to Minimize Risk Through Partnerships

Posted by Digital Manager on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 08:59 AM

By Dr. Allen Weiss, CEO and President of the NCH Healthcare System

Leading a healthcare system means balancing risks and rewards. Rewards are immense when they include life-saving treatments. The risks can be a spectrum from regulatory shifts to patient safety and harmful waste production.

Healthcare leaders play a role in reform-related changes that often align costs for smart investments and new partnerships. One risk affects our facilities, healthcare networks, communities and the environment: medical waste. Identifying the most appropriate options for managing waste should include evaluating potential partners.

In healthcare settings the presence of medical waste is inevitable. There are five steps that leaders can take to minimize related risks.

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Topics: Medical Waste, Risk Management

What Personal Protective Equipment Do You Need? Gear Up.

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is in wide use throughout general industry workplaces today in the form of masks, gloves, eye shields, etc. The presence of such items in many non-healthcare related work settings makes it is easy to assume that everyone knows how to properly use such common items and what their limitations may be.

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Topics: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ppe

Sharps Containers: What’s in? What’s out?

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

Most states provide guidelines to define what belongs in a regulated medical waste sharps container.

Federal OSHA describes the discarding and containment of sharps in the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard where it states, “contaminated sharps shall be discarded immediately or as soon as feasible.”

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Topics: Sharps Disposal, Sharps Containers

The Balancing Act Between HIPAA Compliance and Running a Business

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 09:18 AM

With competing priorities and limited resources, your medical practice or health care facility is constantly performing a balancing act between meeting regulations and running a business. If you aren’t focused on HIPAA compliance because you don’t think an audit or breach will happen to you, you could be “walking the tight rope” toward HIPAA issues.  

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Topics: HIPAA Compliance

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