Infectious Disease Specialists

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Risk Management Issue Protecting employees from potential injury risks in the workplace is a consequential goal for risk management and employees. The Infectious Disease Specialists infusion clinic is at a contingency for accidents, injuries, and exposures. “Health care workers face a wide range of hazards on the job, including needle stick injuries, back injuries, exposure, latex allergy, violence, and stress” ("NIOSH Workplace Safety & Health Topics", 2011, para. 1). The purpose of this paper is to identify the processes Infectious Disease Specialists has in place and what the plan for improvement is. A literature search will assist how other health care offices are comparing in prevention of workplace injuries.…show more content…
Literature on workplace safety, review of policies and procedures, MSDS, and proper disposal receptacles for contaminated and potential hazardous substances can help avoid and prevent workplace injury. One important step to preventing workplace injury at Infectious Disease Specialists is the policy implemented by the organization. Ensuring all staff knows the correct preventative steps and reporting methods is paramount to rapid response in the case of an incident. The steps taken and the effectiveness of the staff in applying the policy are crucial. These efforts will not prevent every incident, but they can help reduce incidents. At Infectious Disease Specialists, nurses are exposed to blood or blood-contaminated body fluids daily. Wound care, peripherally inserted central catheters (picc) maintenance and removal, lab draws and peripheral intravenous catheters (IV’s) maintenance and removal are risk areas for nurses. “Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is the major infectious hazard for health-care personnel. Workers performing tasks involving exposure to blood or blood-contaminated body fluids should be vaccinated” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1997, p. 3). Nurses at Infectious Disease Specialists are screened when he or she is hired for preventative vaccines. The hepatitis B vaccine is offered to the employee at no cost and if the vaccine is declined the employee cannot…show more content…
1). At the end of the day, protecting patients, staff, and the organization from risk is the most important goal. Infectious Disease Specialists provides its employees with policies and procedures, proper education and training, personal protective equipment to reduce and prevent workplace injury. The responsibility is on the organization and staff to be aware of the risks of workplace injuries and obtain proper education and training to reduce and prevent injury. Incidents are rare, but it only takes one incident to alter the life of an employee and the integrity and reputation of a health system. Periodic mock drills, review of exposure incident policies and procedures, evaluation of preventative measures, and open communication between risk management and staff is integral to providing a quality, safe, working

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