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NEEDLE STICKS LEAD TO CAL/OSHA FINE AGAINST KAISER HOSPITALS

December 21, 2015
California regulators cited and fined Kaiser Foundation Hospitals $149,900 after three employees were stuck by needles in a collection box for biomedical waste, exposing them to infectious diseases. The custodial employees were stuck while attempting to empty the deposit box, which frequently overflowed and prevented the lid from closing properly, according to a news release issued by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health on Thursday. All three employees were given p...

NEEDLESTICK INJURIES MOST COMMON IN FIRST SIX MONTHS OF RESIDENCY

December 16, 2015
Healthcare professionals are at risk for needlestick injuries (NSI), putting them at risk for highly infectious diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis. It is important to understand the risk factors associated with NSIs in order to decrease their frequency. This study systematically examined whether NSIs varied by postgraduate year (PGY) level, and described NSIs among hospital house staff of different subspecialties. Over half of all NSIs occurred in the PGY1, of which, 63% occurred within...

MICHIGAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE KOWALL RECEIVES AWARD FOR PROMOTING HEALTHCARE WORKER SAFETY

March 24, 2015
LANSING—State Rep. Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, was recognized  by the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) and StaffAndPatientSafety.org for her work promoting staff and patient safety in health care.     Sen. Kowall, joined by co-sponsors Representatives Hooker, Hovey-Wright and Slavens, offered House Resolution No. 11, A RESSOLUTION TO ENCOURAGE THE INCLUSION OF SYRINGE AND SCALPEL SAFETY SCORES IN HEALTH CARE FACIL...

MICHIGAN STATE SENATOR KOWALL RECEIVES AWARD FOR PROMOTING HEALTH CARE SAFETY

March 22, 2015
LANSING—State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, was recognized Wednesday by the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) and StaffAndPatientSafety.org for his work promoting staff and patient safety in health care.     “It is a great honor to receive this award,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “Health care workers face many occupational risks as they care for the sick and injured.   "StaffAndPatientSafety.org is to be commended for th...

MICHIGAN STATE SENATE AND HOUR OF REPRESENTATIVES RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

March 18, 2015
The Michigan State House of Representatives and Senate received the Healthcare Worker Safety Award for 2014 in recognition of their valuable service for passing Senate Resolution No. 46 and House Resolution No. 11. They have laid the foundation for the entire Michigan Legislature to lead the way to improve Staff Safety in Healthcare and Patient Safety -in Michigan, in the United States and then all-around the rest of the world.               ...

MICHIGAN AWARD CEREMONY SPEECH

March 18, 2015
MICHIGAN AWARD CEREMONY SPEECH (Wednesday 18th March 2015)   Representatives, Senators and Distinguished Guests My name is Michael Sinnott and I have been practicing full-time clinical medicine for the last 30 plus years and during that time formed a number of beliefs. In fact, I am here today because of my belief in a number of issues ·       I believe that Staff Safety is important ·     ...

WHO URGES SHIFT TO SINGLE-USE SMART SYRINGES

February 23, 2015
Smart syringes that break after one use should be used for injections by 2020, the World Health Organization has announced. Reusing syringes leads to more than two million people being infected with diseases including HIV and hepatitis each year.   The new needles are more expensive, but the WHO says the switch would be cheaper than treating the diseases. More than 16 billion injections are administered annually. Normal syringes can be used again and again. But the smart ones p...