Exposure for Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

Via the CDC:

A dedicated and hard-working nurse is going through a normal shift. Checking vital signs, updating medical records, administering medications, comforting patients, drawing blood samples, inserting IVs, and then OUCH! What just happened? Is that a red dot underneath the glove? This can’t be right…

From the NIOSH Science Blog.

Bed Bugs!

From the CDC’s NIOSH Science blog (this is a seriously great information resource in general, by the way), an interesting article on bed bugs:

…Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, but they are a troublesome health nuisance. Their bites can cause mild to severe allergic reactions, and people living in infested homes have reported anxiety, insomnia, and systemic reactions.4 These bites don’t just occur at home. Using workers’ compensation (WC) claims data from California between 2000 and 2011, the California Department of Public Health identified 96 workers who were bitten by bed bugs while traveling for work. The majority of bed bug-related WC claims in California consisted of complaints of bed bug bites or rashes caused from bites; however there were several reports of physical injuries (such as strains) sustained by workers while moving furniture to look for or treat bed bugs….

Read the whole article here.

Albany, New York October 18-19, 2011: 5th Annual Safe Patient Handling Conference

From the good folks at the New York State Department of Labor, check out the 5th Annual Safe Patient Handling Conference in Albany on October 18th and 19:

Welcome to the 5th Annual Safe Patient Handling Conference, jointly sponsored by the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Zero-Lift Task Force.

Whether you are an experienced healthcare worker or just beginning your career, this conference will give you knowledge and skills that will benefit you at work. We will introduce you to the latest technology and best practices to improve how you interact with patients. By sharing knowledge and resources, we can keep both patients and caregivers safe and healthy.

For information on Continuing Education credits available, check out the NYS Department of Labor Education Credits page here