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Essential elements of a comprehensive sharps injury-prevention program

The steps outlined below can help facilities significantly reduce sharps injuries.

Reducing sharps injuries in non-hospital settings

No matter how small the facility or agency, all employers are required to take measures that reduce employees’ exposure risks.

Practical strategies to prevent surgical sharps injuries

Many facilities still don’t follow sharps safety best practices and continue to underreport needlestick injuries.
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Study: Family caregivers provide complex, chronic care

"Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care, " from AARP and United Hospital Fund, found that almost half (46%) of family caregivers perform...

Recent advances in cardiac diagnostic and surgical procedures

New techniques expand the options for high-risk patients and cause fewer complications than conventional surgery.

Study: Peripherally infused amiodarone puts patients at high risk for phlebitis

In a group of 12 patients with 24 peripheral infusions of amiodarone, 67% of patients developed phlebitis, according to a study in Critical Care...

Alaris Pump Module recall

CareFusion has recalled Alaris Pump Module, Models 8100 because of possible dysfunctions that could lead to pump stoppage. Read more.

I-Flow ON-Q Pump recall

I-Flow has recalled its ON-Q Pump with ONDEMAND Bolus Button because the button may not lock down. Read more.

Disposal dilemmas in home health care

Learn the proper way to dispose of sharps and waste pharmaceuticals used in the home.

Preventing catheter-related bloodstream infections related to I.V. connectors

The author provides an overview of the issue and suggests some solutions.

FDA, NIOSH, and OSHA ‘strongly encourage’ use of blunt-tip suture needles

On May 30, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Occupational Safety and Health...

New needle-free jet injection device offers improvement over similar devices

Researchers at MIT have developed a needle-free injection device to deliver drugs. The device offers greater control than previous devices for regulating delivery volume...

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement: New hope for patients with aortic stenosis

This new aortic stenosis treatment avoids the sternotomy, aortot­omy, and cardiopulmonary bypass of traditional valve replacement