Dec
21

FDA Issues Ban on Powdered Gloves

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Effective January 18th 2017, powdered gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s gloves will be banned by the Food and Drug Administration. These gloves present risk of illness or injury to healthcare providers and their patients. While these items can be helpful in the right circumstance, they have been attributed […]

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Dec
20

A New Risk Management Strategy for Hospitals to Safely Dispose of Controlled Substance Waste

Many different types of regulations face hospitals and healthcare facilities. This is especially true when it comes to managing pharmaceutical waste, specifically controlled substances. Hospitals today manage large formularies that can include up to 4,000 drugs. On average, about 5 percent are regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency as hazardous materials and less than 1 […]

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Dec
19

Fostering a Culture Focused on Sharps Safety

Healthcare Purchasing News reporter Susan Cantrell’s recent article “Sharp Points” reminds healthcare workers that “taking the appropriate safety precautions does not end on the operating table.” Almost two decades ago a significant need to reduce escalating sharps-related injuries to hospital workers was near the top of safety conversations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Nov
14

OSHA Considerations for 2017

As the final quarter of 2016 progresses, many organizations are looking ahead to the new year. Amidst the flurry of activities that will accompany a change in presidential leadership, healthcare entities must remain focused on compliance tasks that keep patients and staff safe and secure. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards represent one […]

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Nov
14

HIPAA Considerations for 2017

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Although there are no new requirements for 2017, there are emerging dynamics that could affect healthcare organizations of all sizes. Some key things to keep in mind regarding the Health Insurance and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are: • Phase Two HIPAA Audits – The Office of Civil Rights performed tabletop exercises to gauge HIPAA compliance. This […]

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Nov
04

Movember

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This November, our Northbrook office wants to raise awareness around a cause that is often overlooked – men’s health. More men are dying at a younger age than ever before (with an average life expectancy of 76), and more men are being impacted by cancer now than in years passed. With so many men and […]

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Oct
31

Pie in the Face

At Stericycle, giving back is an integral part of our company culture. One of the ways we like to give back is through charitable events that raise funds for causes that are important to our employees and to their families. This October, our Northbrook office wanted to raise money for breast cancer education and awareness, […]

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Oct
29

Change Wars: Supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness

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Throughout Stericycle, cultural ambassadors—designated staff members who strive to foster an engaging, inviting workplace—spearhead projects to promote staff unity and impact the communities they are in. Shauna Kersey is one such ambassador at the company’s Bedford, Texas site. Earlier this month, Kersey and her colleagues worked together to raise funds for childhood cancer. “One of […]

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Sep
02

Hazard: Medical Waste’s Impact on Recycling and Waste Workers

Of course, hazardous medical waste is just that: hazardous. But, even after medical waste leaves your practice, it can still have a big impact outside the four walls of care settings. If not properly disposed of, medical waste can be extremely dangerous for those that dispose of it (think recycling companies, waste workers, etc.). For […]

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Sep
01

Talking Trash: Ensuring Proper Waste Disposal

Healthcare organizations generate a lot of waste—think regulated medical waste, hazardous drugs and even secure documents. It’s essential to dispose of these different types of waste properly, but many organizations don’t know where to start, or even what waste they are generating. If your practice isn’t disposing of waste properly, there can be personal safety, […]

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