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AOHP Conference Information Highlighted by Progressive Business Publications
Five education sessions from the 2015 AOHP National Conference in San Francisco, CA, have been featured in the Safety Compliance Alert of Progressive Business Publications (PBP), which publishes four newsletters/websites regarding occupational safety and environmental compliance. Fred Hosier, PBP's Senior Group Publisher for Compliance (OSHA, EPA), covered the conference this past fall for the first time, describing it as "... an excellent conference. Your program featured topics that are top-most in the minds of your members, and your speakers were also top-notch.  I've never seen a more enthusiastic groups of occupational health and safety professionals. I see high enthusiasm at the other conferences, but there was a positive vibe at the AOHP conference that was contagious!"

Published articles on these sessions are now available for review on the AOHP website:

For more information about Safety Compliance Alert, visit www.SafetyComplianceAlert.com

A Reference Guide - Controlling Health Hazards to Hospital Worker

Information provided by Deborah Fell-Carlson, RN, MSPH, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Policyholder Safety and Wellness Adviser and Denise Knoblauch, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM

A Tool to Make N95 Fit Testing Easier!!! 
During a recent AOHP/OSHA Alliance conference call that included the NIOSH's National Personal Protective Technology Lab (NPPTL), a need was identified for healthcare workers to easily recall the type of N95 respirator for which they had been trained and fitted. The Alliance decided to create a generic card to document this important information. Ideas were brainstormed and the N95 Respiratory Training and Fit Testing Verification Card was created. It also includes tips for correctly donning/doffing PPE. We hope you will find this a useful tool for your respiratory protection program.

CLICK HERE to download printable card

ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedules
CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) maintains the most current immunization schedules on the Vaccines and Immunizations pages of CDC's website (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules), including the schedules published in this supplement. If errors or omissions are discovered after publication of the schedules, CDC posts revised versions on the Vaccines and Immunizations Web pages.

AHA Environmental Scan 2010

Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation (Volume 4: Programs, Tools, and Products)
More information…

Beyond Getting Started Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Setting Web Resource Guide-Sept 2012
Workplace violence is a threat to every worker in healthcare. AOHP is pleased to announce the creation of a web-based workplace violence (WPV) resource tool that has been developed in partnership with the OSHA Alliance. The reference guide includes resources from OSHA, NIOSH and other organizations such as The Joint Commission and the Emergency Nurses Association. The resource guide links will provide the user with useful information to address WPV in healthcare settings. Click here to download this free resource guide.

Best Practices for Health Care Professionals on the Use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for Diagnosing Pertussis

April 2011

With the continuing resurgence of pertussis, health care professionals will likely see more patients with suspected pertussis. Proper testing criteria, timing of testing, specimen collection techniques, protocols for avoiding specimen contamination, and appropriate interpretation of test results are all necessary to ensure that Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) reliably informs patient diagnosis. PCR is an important tool for timely diagnosis of pertussis and is increasingly available to clinicians. PCR is a molecular technique used to detect DNA sequences of the Bordetella pertussis bacterium and unlike culture does not require viable (live) bacteria present in the specimen. Despite this advantage, PCR can give results that are falsely-negative or falsely-positive. The following compilation of best practices is intended to help health care professionals optimize the use of PCR testing for pertussis by avoiding some of the more common pitfalls leading to inaccurate results.

Click here to download the file

CDC Zika Sexual Transmission Toolkit
This toolkit provides content and resources for you to use to develop messaging that promotes prevention of sexually transmitted Zika.

Evaluating possible occupational health hazards: a free resource for healthcare workplaces - May 2010

Guide to Vaccine Contraindications and Precautions
This guide summarizes CDC’s recommendations regarding common symptoms and conditions that do and do not contraindicate vaccines licensed in the United States. Click here to Download  

Health Hazard Evaluation Report: HETA-2009-0121-3106, Evaluation Of Exposures To Healthcare Personnel From Cisplatin During A Mock Interperitoneal Operation, University Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada – May 2010

Infection: Prevention and Control of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Primary and Community Care
Partial Update of NICE Clinical Guideline 2

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Managing an Intergenerational Workforce: Strategies for Health Care Transformation
Generational diversity is rapidly changing workforce dynamics. Each generation has different priorities, attitudes, communication styles, work approaches and ways to interact with colleagues, which influence organizational culture and performance. There are also common and unifying characteristics across all generations that can be leveraged to create optimal teams, critical for future healthcare models. 

The American Hospital Association released Managing an Intergenerational Workforce: Strategies for Health Care Transformation in January 2014. Here is the URL to download this report. 

Lessons From the Field: Promising Interprofessional Collaboration Practices from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Click here to download

Patient Safety and Quality - An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses
More information..

Recommended Vaccinations Indicated for Adults Based on Medical and Other Indications United States, 2013
Print PDF document of this schedule

Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers has just published by NIOSH, January 2011

- click here to download a copy:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2011-123/pdfs/2011-123.pdf

Download the Joint Commission Enterprise Content Library Index here
The Joint Commission Enterprise Content Library Index 2016 Q2

References

APIC
Reuse of Respiratory Protection in Prevention and Control of Epidemic and Pandemic-prone Acute Respiratory diseases (ARD) in Healthcare June 26, 2008

CDC
Guidance for the Selection and use of PPE in Healthcare Settings

Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings June 2007

OSHA
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic 2009

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and response guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers 2007

WHO
Infection Prevention and Control of Epidemic and Pandemic-prone Acute Respiratory Diseases in Health Care (interim Guidelines) June 2007

Other
Back to Basics: The PPE Primer August 2009
New 2010 guidelines from SHEA on the Management of Healthcare Workers who are infected with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis or HIV

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