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Field Notes


Opportunities & Survey Tips

Is Your Water/Ice Dispenser Safe for Patients?

Water and ice dispensers are convenient sources of fluids for patients and are frequently found in hospital nutrition ...
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Insulator Testers – Don’t Get Zapped

Instrument insulator testers are commonly used on laparoscopic instrumentation and other surgical instruments (bi-polar instruments) that have an ...
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Aligning Patient Pain Needs with Effective Medication Intervention

Following medical orders for pain medication is essential to support effective pain control.  If pain medications are not ...
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Transplant Safety Management

Ensuring that transplantable tissues are safely managed is critical for patient safety.  This includes maintaining acceptable storage conditions, ...
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Fall Prevention During Inclement Weather

Slush, sleet, black ice, and snow-every winter, these weather phenomena contribute to slips, trips, and falls. For the ...
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Is that Equipment Clean and Ready for the Next Patient?

The pace of hospital life tends to stay continuously busy, with patient equipment such as wheelchairs and stretchers ...
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Deck the Halls in Fire Safety

As we move into the latter part of the year, we look forward to the Holiday season.  Many ...
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Documenting Compliance with the Use of Interpreter Services 

Communicating effectively with patients is an essential patient rights requirement and a key element in helping patients to ...
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Why Are Respiratory Infections More Prominent in Winter and How to Prevent Them 

Colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses are more common in colder months. People are indoors more often, allowing ...
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Make Sure Your Staff Can Access Safety Data Sheets 

With the use of caustic and other dangerous chemicals in healthcare facilities, it's imperative your staff can readily ...
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Medication Refrigerators – For Medication or Staff Food?

Have you ever opened your medication refrigerators and looked at what is actually in them?  Recently I was ...
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Primary Source Verification Pitfalls and Successes

Many organizations continue to struggle with the primary source verification requirements.  Primary Source Verification(PSV) is required for any ...
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