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Resource Guide/Beyond Getting Started

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.

Beyond Getting Started Series - Respiratory Protection in Healthcare Settings Web Reference Guide June 2015

The health and safety of healthcare personnel (HCP) is the primary function of the Occupational Health Professional (OHP) in healthcare. In order to advocate for worker safety, the OHP must be knowledgeable and competent in a variety of areas related to the health and safety of healthcare workers. One major area is respiratory protection (RP) which is governed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard 1910.34. This web resource includes a variety of links from OSHA, NIOSH, The Joint Commission and AAOHN the will assist the occupational health professional in healthcare in building competence in respiratory protection.

Download the web resource guide here.

Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting
Third Edition developed by the AOHP Implementation Team
May 2014

AOHP has been advocating for safer patient handling practices for many years. The association collaborated with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide testimony before Congress in 2000, and first issued a position statement on safe patient handling in July 2004. Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting was developed in the summer of 2006 and last updated in 2011. A primary goal of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare’s (AOHP) Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to develop educational materials related to the targeted areas identified in the Alliance. Patient handling, bloodborne pathogens, and emergency preparedness are the three areas of focus for the Alliance. The Alliance recognizes that patient handling practices impact not only the healthcare worker but also the patient. Safe patient handling practices will reduce the risk of the patient falling or experiencing skin breakdown from repositioning or lateral transfers in bed. In addition, implementing safe patient handling practices will reduce the facility’s financial burden with regard to patient claims and workers’ compensation claims.

This resource guide addresses patient handling with the goal of providing the necessary tools for the occupational health professional (OHP) to implement a safe patient handling program. There is a great deal of emerging information, and this resource guide contributes toward the consolidation of that information.

The updated 2014 resource guide developed by AOHP includes information on:

  • The history of the safe patient handling movement in the United States.
  • The importance of safe patient handling in acute and long-term care settings.
  • How to successfully develop, implement and evaluate an effective safe patient handling program.
  • AOHP's current position statement on safe patient handling.
  • Samples of forms, policies and worksheets that should be developed.
  • References to additional helpful information

Click here to download Beyond Getting Started: Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting

Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Preparing for Mass Immunization/Prophylaxis of Healthcare Workers Introduction
Prepared by AOHP
Revised Summer 2014

Emergency preparedness is an essential responsibility within healthcare facilities. Before Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), terrorism and the reality of a pandemic novel influenza virus, the role of occupational health in emergency preparedness planning may have been minimal. Today, the involvement of the occupational health professional (OHP) in the creation and implementation of the facility’s emergency preparedness plan is critical to the plan’s success. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are among the most important individuals to protect in the event of an infectious disease outbreak, as they care for victims exposed to the infectious agent/s. If HCWs are not protected, they themselves will become vectors with the risk of being contagious before their symptoms appear.

However, HCWs have not always been eager to receive recommended vaccines, including influenza vaccine. As an example, their reluctance to receive influenza vaccine has been documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numerous times. By the 2012-2013 influenza season the CDC reported, the overall number of healthcare workers who reported having had an influenza vaccination was estimated at 72%. Coverage was highest among health care workers working in occupational settings with vaccination requirements (96.5%) and physicians (92.3%) Therefore, it is not only important to develop a plan to protect large numbers of frontline HCWs, it is also important to include a comprehensive educational component in the program to help increase vaccination/prophylaxis rates in the event of an infectious disease outbreak.

This resource guide will focus on one of the key functions in emergency preparedness involving an infectious agent – mass immunization/prophylaxis capability. The guide includes information to develop a plan, samples of a house-wide mass immunization/prophylaxis plan and a pharmacy disaster plan, and sample drug fact sheets and general resources, including Web links, that can be used to assist in the development of this capability within your facility.

Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Preparing for Mass Immunization/Prophylaxis of Healthcare Workers Introduction and 

Mass Immunization Sample Documents are FREE to AOHP members. Please log in to download the files.

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