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Addressing Workplace Violence in Emergency Departments: Contributing Factors and Solutions

Emergency Department
Emergency departments are one of the most, if not the most, dangerous departments in modern-day hospitals. Emergency department staff are tasked with caring for people in a variety of different situations, from drug overdoses to cases of extreme violence. With workplace violence rates rising in hospitals and emergency departments, hospitals are thinking proactively about how to best protect employees. To...

Can Wearable Technology Keep Healthcare Employees Safe?

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Over the past few years, the interest in wearable technology has surged exponentially. Seemingly everywhere you go, someone in close proximity to you will be wearing a piece of technology. These devices range from smart-watches to advanced heart rate monitors, sleep trackers, and so much more. Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. The future of...

Four Ways to Improve Patient Identification in your Hospital to Drive Patient Safety

In a busy hospital setting, patient identification errors can happen. For instance, if two patients have similar names or illnesses, there is a risk of staff misidentifying a patient and pulling the wrong chart. These patient ID errors can lead to significant mistakes and inefficiency in healthcare settings. Patient misidentification can lead to errors in medical records, clinical time lost,...

Why Panic Buttons are the Must-Have Technology for Healthcare Organizations

Around the globe, healthcare workers provide an essential service to their communities; a service that, especially now, is deeply valued and understood by the masses. And yet, in their continued efforts to ensure and protect the health and well-being of others, healthcare workers are commonly placed in a high-risk position. The nature and subsequent demands of their role as...

A Summary of the “Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act”

Workplace Violence Prevention Act
With staff and employees in the healthcare industry four times as likely to face violence in the workplace than in any other private industry, healthcare workplace safety is becoming a concern for the country's politicians and policy makers. Last November, the House of Representatives passed the Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309). This...

Contributing Factors to Healthcare Workplace Danger and Suggestions for Improved Safety

Hospitals can be a dangerous place to work for nurses, doctors, emergency personnel, and other staff. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) declared hospitals as one of the most hazardous places to work.  That was before the COVID-19 pandemic. Several factors make this the case, but there is also a path forward to increasing healthcare workplace safety. Hospital managers...

How to Choose the Best Employee Safety Technology for your Hospital

Healthcare employment is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the US economy. This should come as no surprise; the tireless efforts of healthcare workers are, after all, undeniably essential to our global economy and, more importantly, our quality of life. However, what may come as a surprise is the risks faced by healthcare workers every day, just for doing...

Four Ways to Improve Patient Identification in your Hospital to Drive Patient Safety

In a busy hospital setting, it is possible for staff to make patient identification errors. For instance, if two patients have similar names or illnesses, there is a risk of staff misidentifying a patient and pulling the wrong chart. These patient ID errors can lead to significant mistakes and inefficiency in healthcare settings. Patient misidentification can lead to errors in...

PA Department of Health Issues COVID-19 Protective Measures for Healthcare Workers: How Proper Visitor Management Fits In

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As hospitals continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re putting protective measures in place to protect staff and to prevent the further spread of the virus as they allow elective procedures. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health produced an official order laying out specific requirements for hospitals. The order includes: notifying and testing staff who come in contact with COVID-19...

Visitor Restrictions Continue as Hospitals Resume Elective Procedures

During the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), hospitals restricted access to medical facilities to prevent potential exposure. Most didn’t allow any visitors or family members to enter with just a few exceptions. While some hospitals have begun to allow elective procedures, visitor policies have evolved with restrictions on varying levels still in place. With the ongoing need to prevent the spread of...