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It’s Your Call Archives

  • OSHA:   Recall the four most common ways to spread germs and decide how you should protect yourself. Contact: Think of contaminated surfaces that are touched and how the germs are spread when hand hygiene is not performed. Sprays & splashes: Imagine a person sneezing. Now think of where the droplets/germs land. Not only doRead more…

  • OSHA:  The OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is aimed at protecting workers from the grave dangers of covid-19 hazards. However, some employers are exempt. Several offices are described below.  Identify which office(s) would be exempt from the ETS. Circle all that apply. The pediatric practice provides testing and treatment for covid-19 patients screens everyone priorRead more…

  • OSHA: Why did OSHA issue the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)? OSHA determined that SARS-CoV-2 is a grave danger for workers in healthcare settings, and studies have been conducted to validate this claim. Although the General Duty Clause imposes a general duty for employers to keep a workplace free of recognized hazards, it fell short ofRead more…

  • OSHA: What should we know about the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant? The B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant is a mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and it has been reported in 77 countries including the United States and in the United Kingdom. Of the 3 variant classifications, the Delta variant is considered a variant of concern (VOC) because itRead more…

  • OSHA: Several of our vaccinated employees have a greater risk of being exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and the potential for prolonged, close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2. If vaccinated workers are asymptomatic, what testing is recommended? The CDC recommends a series of two viral tests: one immediately and the other one 5-7 days after exposure. Furthermore,Read more…

  • HIPAA: How many enforcements have been issued by the OCR in their HIPAA Right of Access Initiative? Answer: As of April 28, 2021, there have been 18 enforcements that all include a monetary penalty and a 1-2 year corrective action plan and monitoring by the OCR. The highest penalty was issued to a facility thatRead more…

  • OSHA Infection Control: Which marker should be used to label sterilization pouches? Regardless of the marker type, it is important that it conforms to ASTM D4326 standard which means it is certified as non-toxic. Although many sharpies have the AP seal that conforms to ASTM’s standard, the user must check the manufacturer’s instructions to verifyRead more…

  • OSHA We have a worker who tested positive for covid-19 and is in self-isolation. What is the time frame for healthcare workers to return to work after experiencing mild to moderate symptoms with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection? A symptom-based strategy is currently recommended which depends on the time of the initial symptom onset, whetherRead more…

  • OSHA: If an employee is exposed to Hepatitis C, how soon after the exposure can infection be detected? Acute infection is typically detected as early as 1-2 weeks using qualitative nucleic acid tests to determine the presence and levels of HCV RNA. HIPAA: Can patients be scheduled for COVID-19 vaccinations using an online or web-basedRead more…