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Coronavirus & Pandemic Response

Training & Resources for Hospitals and Health Systems

 
As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, employers need to plan how to respond and comply with occupational safety requirements to protect their employees and ensure business continuity. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a reminder to employers of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) worker protection standards and of recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

To help you navigate this turbulent issue, we've compiled key resources and are standing by to provide consultative guidance.

 

 

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GUIDEBOOK

Infection Control Manual for Outpatient Settings

 

This essential publication explains the steps physicians and their staff should take to protect patients, employees, and the environment and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. It will help reduce infection risk with materials such as:

  • Infection control risk assessment forms specific to the physician’s office
  • A medical device cleaning checklist for clinical staff
  • A pre-employment vaccination checklist
  • A bloodborne pathogen risk assessment
  • Bloodborne pathogen post-exposure counseling materials

 

Training & Education for Acute Care Settings:

ARTICLE

CMS Survey Focus on Infection Control Preparedness

COVID-19 ARTICLE

CMS ordered its state and regional surveyors to suspend “non-emergency inspections across the country” to allow inspectors to turn their focus on the most serious health and safety threats.


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GUIDANCE

Hospital Safety Trainer Toolbox

HOSPITAL SAFETY TRAINER

Overflowing with OSHA-based checklists, quizzes, and guides, this book will help you keep your healthcare facility safe for staff and patients alike.


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DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION

Hospital Safety Center

HOSPITAL SAFETY CENTER

Receive timeline updates on key topics such infection control, patient safety, emergency management, security management, worker safety, and more.

 

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ARTICLE

Telemedicine's Role in COVID-19 Outbreak

TELEMEDICINE'S ROLE IN COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Benefits of telemedicine screening for COVID-19 include convenience for patients and safely assessing patients in their homes.


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GUIDANCE

OSHA Program Manual for Medical Facilities

OSHA PROGRAM MANUAL FOR MEDICAL FACILITIES

This resources breaks down OSHA regulations and gives you the flexibility to customize sections to meet your facility's specific needs.


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DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION

Accreditation & Quality
Compliance Center

AQCC

Receive best practices and tools related to sentinel events, care of patients, medication errors, infection control, restraints, competencies, credentialing, patient assessment, and more.


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GUIDANCE

Staff Training & Survey Readiness

STAFF TRAINING & SURVEY READINESS

Provides practical guidance and tools to train leaders, physicians, and staff about accreditation and regulatory compliance requirements in easy- to- read terminology.


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DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION

Medical Environment
Update

MEDICAL ENVIRONMENT UPDATES

A monthly resource that keeps safety professionals up to speed with the always-changing policies of OSHA, CDC, EPA, and other healthcare regulatory agencies.


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TRAINING COURSE

Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Workers

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Equip your staff to identify workplace hazards that could cause an emergency, report emergencies promptly, evacuate quickly and safely, and respond effectively.


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ARTICLE

COVID-19: EPA Releases List of Disinfectants

COVID-19 LIST OF DISINFECTANTS

Products on the list have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the Agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program, which vets manufacturer data on product effectiveness.

 

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TRAINING

Acute Respiratory Illness
Pandemics Training

ACUTE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS PANDEMICS

The objective of this session is to make you aware of the risks of flu pandemics and precautions to keep your staff safe.


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ARTICLE

Study Highlights Best Practices to Protect Against COVID-19

COVID-19 PROTECTION BEST PRACTICES

A new study released this week outlined best infection control practices to protect healthcare workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.


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Looking for solutions for post-acute care settings?

 

Solutions to Accommodate Modified Workflows or New Challenges

 

“Employers must balance their obligations to provide a safe workplace as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act with their obligation to avoid violating privacy and discrimination laws. Some situations, such as the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, permit a higher level of inquiry into an employee’s illness without running afoul of the ADA, but there is no indication that the coronavirus has reached that level.”

 

Jodi R. Bohr, an attorney with Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.

“Vigilance in hand-hygiene practice, wearing of surgical masks in the hospital, and appropriate use of personal protective equipment in patient care, especially when performing aerosol-generating procedures, are the key infection control measures to prevent hospital transmission of the virus.”


Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
The journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

Need training customized for your organization, or onsite instructor-led preparation? Contact our education and compliance team to discuss your specific needs and we will craft a response plan for you.  

 

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