Tag: healthcare

Safety Concerns Are Keeping Healthcare Workers Home: Prompting Privacy and Personal Safety Can Bring Them Back

In October 2021, the San Leandro Hospital emergency room was locked down when a visitor, upset that COVID-19 restrictions prevented him from visiting a patient, threatened to bring a gun to the California healthcare facility. The incident is emblematic of a troubling trend of more frequent and severe violent episodes at healthcare facilities. As Mawata […]

OSHA considers changes to health care ETS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is weighing several changes to the health care Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) as it advances toward a permanent rule on COVID-19 protocols. OSHA is seeking stakeholder feedback on the potential changes, and notes in its public notice that no final decisions have been made. Among the changes OSHA […]

Workforce shortages identified as top patient concern of 2022

Staffing shortfalls were already a concern prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but they have reached crisis levels during the pandemic, according to ECRI. ECRI released a report March 14, 2022, on the Top 10 patient safety concerns of 2022 across health care settings. ECRI is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the safety, quality, […]

Home health care leads job gains in February

For the second month in a row, the healthcare sector saw an increase in job growth, with home healthcare services leading the sector in job growth. According to the newest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment report issued Friday morning, job growth was widespread, with the greatest increases seen in the leisure and hospitality, […]

OSHA withdraws most of health care ETS, at least temporarily

While a file rule is still expected in the future, OSHA announced Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, that it has withdrawn the non-recordkeeping portions of the health care emergency temporary standard (ETS). The COVID-19 log and reporting provisions remain in effect. “These provisions were adopted under a separate provision of the OSH Act, section 8, and […]

Beating Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in the New Year

This year has continued to bring many of us closer to the pain, suffering and exhaustion of those experiencing burnout and compassion fatigue. There is no doubt that 2021 has been filled with additional challenges. At this point, burnout and compassion fatigue has expanded into many aspects of our lives.  Even if you experienced burnout […]

CDC updates emergency guidance for healthcare workers with or exposed to COVID-19

With the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance for isolation and quarantine for healthcare workers on Dec. 23, 2021. The move decreases isolation time after infection with COVID-19. Additionally, CDC is releasing an update to guidance for contingency and crisis […]

Employers have options despite nationwide halt to CMS vaccine mandate

A Louisiana federal district court has issued a nationwide injunction barring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. How We Got Here On Monday, November 29, a federal judge in Missouri enjoined the CMS from enforcing the vaccine mandate. The court, however, limited the injunction’s […]

Tips for Training Employees Against Cyberattacks

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected almost every area of our pre-pandemic “normal” lives including more telework, a surging demand for toilet paper, and a shrinking workforce, just to name a few. Almost no industry has been spared when it comes to the contagious disease’s impact. In particular, cyberattacks are on the rise in nearly every […]