Do you know that hospital acquired infections (HAIs) can have a direct correlation to reprocessed medical devices according to a Johns Hopkins study published in October 2018?1 Have you read that The ECRI Institute, an independent and trusted authority on healthcare practices and products that improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care, listed “Mishandling Flexible Endoscopes after Disinfection Can Lead to Patient Infections” with an emphasis on reprocessing on the 2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards?2
Beginning December 1, 2019, compounding pharmacies and other healthcare facilities that handle hazardous drugs (HD) must have USP <800> compliant spill kits on-site. This is an effort to protect workers in the event of accidental spills of HDs. The requirement is part of USP General Chapter 800, which “describes the practice and quality standards for handling hazardous drugs.” Sharps Compliance is introducing the Hazardous Drug Spill Control Kit™ for the safe cleanup and disposal of spilled chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs.Continue reading “USP <800> Compliant Hazardous Drug Spill Control Kits from Sharps Compliance”
Sharps Compliance recently announced the winners of its Fall 2019 scholarship essay contest. Each semester Sharps hosts a contest for students studying healthcare and awards three scholarships for $1,500, $1,000, and $750.
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Recent research shows that patients who receive education and counseling about the importance of safe disposal of opioid medications are associated with a higher likelihood of the patient properly disposing of their unused medications. That peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Pain Research also found “a clear need to increase patient awareness about the importance and methods of proper medication disposal, and a great opportunity for health care providers to increase patient education efforts.”
Sharps Compliance’s deadline for its Fall Scholarship Contest is fast approaching! Students studying healthcare at an accredited college or university have until Friday, May 31 to submit their essays and applications.
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