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February 2022

Supreme Court blocks federal government’s vaccine mandate for large workplaces but not for healthcare facilities

Editor's Note The Supreme Court on January 13 blocked the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for workplaces with 100 or more employees, but the Court is allowing a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers at facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare funds. The order covers more than 17 million healthcare workers…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 13, 2022
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CDC: 30% of HCWs remain unvaccinated

Editor's Note This study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 30% of healthcare workers (HCWs) in 2,086 US hospitals remained unvaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 15. Analyzing data on more than 3.3 million HCWs, the researchers found that vaccination rates climbed from 36% to…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 18, 2021
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Hospitals, ASCs face tough decisions in wake of vaccine mandates

Health systems across the country are enacting COVID-19 mandates to comply with a broad-sweeping federal requirement. Amid reports of high compliance rates, the mandate has triggered passionate and visceral responses on both sides of the debate. While some healthcare employees are eager to roll up their sleeves, others decry the…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
November 17, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccination requirements result in HCW terminations, resignations

Editor's Note COVID-19 vaccination requirements have caused some organizations to fire healthcare workers (HCWs) for noncompliance, and HCWs have quit over the policies, the September 17 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Healthcare systems announcing resignations and terminations include the following: Morehead, Kentucky-based St Claire HealthCare has fired 23 HCWs for noncompliance…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2021
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Researchers raise the alarm on splashing during reprocessing--Part 2

Part 1 of this two-part series discussed the splashes and the potential for exposure to pathogens that personnel face daily in sterile processing and endoscopy departments, as well as the current guidelines and strategies for reducing exposures (OR Manager, July 2021, pp 1, 9-11, 15). These risks were derived from…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
July 20, 2021
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New term clarifies instrument point-of-use treatment

What exactly is required to prepare instruments for transport to the decontamination room after a surgical procedure? Point-of-use cleaning, which may also be referred to as precleaning, has been used to describe instrument preparation at the point of use after a surgical procedure. But both point-of-use cleaning and precleaning have…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, ACE, CIS, FCS
July 20, 2021
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Survey: HCWs report concerns about unsafe working conditions during COVID-19

Editor's Note The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, in Washington, DC, released a report on May 25 that summarizes findings from a national survey of frontline healthcare workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of 1,200 HCWs from all 50 states and the District of…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2021
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OSHA issues guidance on reuse, decontamination of N95 respirators

Editor's Note The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on April 24 issued interim guidance on the reuse and decontamination of N95 and other filtering-facepiece respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic. OSHA notes that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has identified research that suggests the following methods…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 29, 2020
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Joint Commission: OSHA requires Form 300A data to be submitted electronically

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 27 announced that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) now requires employers (including many healthcare organizations) to report Form 300A data electronically because it no longer accepts paper submissions. Form 300A is a summary of serious work-related injuries and illnesses that occur…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 28, 2018
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CDC, OSHA issue Zika guidance for healthcare workers

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on April 22 issued interim guidance for protecting workers, including healthcare workers, from occupational exposure to the Zika virus. The guidance states that: “Employers and workers in healthcare settings and laboratories should follow…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2016
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