Do facility staff need annual TB Testing?

ANSWER:  As of May, 2019 the Center for Disease Control updated their 2005 recomendation that all health care personnel have annual screening for Tuberculosis. Here is the link for the CDC guidelines All health care personnel should have a RISK ASSESSMENT Before starting a job workers should receive the Risk Assessment, Symptom screening and a TB test.  After that initial test, no more testing (annual testing) is recommended for workers unless there is a know exposure to tuberculosis.

Making Cozy Spaces at Work

Have you heard of hygee? (pronounced HOO-GA). Hygee is the Danish secret to happy living. It is about cozy togetherness and is an atmosphere and an experience. Being cozy with those we care about, getting comfortable by the fire with a warm cup of coca. How do we bring hygee to work?  Many of us are lucky enough to work in spaces that are also someone’s home, so the transition to cozy is easy. Dim lights and sweets to share are an obvious start. But any office can bring a little hygee and think of ways to make things more casual and cozy. Here are five ideas to get hygge going at the office. ORGANIZE A POTLUCK Instead of bring lunch just for yourself, why not organize potluck for lunch one day of the week? When everybody shares, everybody gets hygee. SET UP AN OFFICE GARDEN If the office allow it, hou can add to the hygge by planting a few plants. Spending a few minutes each day tending to them may be a nice way to manage stress. Use containers for herbs if there is not outdoor plots, but if you grow produce that can be enjoyed at the potluck that is better. BRING YOUR DOG TO WORK When my daughter went away to college, I started taking her

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Make your event a success!

  EVENT PLANNING GUIDE Celebrate & Recognize your Special Week This Planning Guide is your source for celebrations and recognition of dedicated staff.   These ideas promoteteambuilding and generate a sense of pride in your profession. It does not take a large budget or drain resources to plan, in fact spreading good news helps productivity and work satisfaction! First Steps Decide the theme. Start your search on-line. Many national recognition weeks have annual themes with a media kit including downloadable graphics. But if this year’s theme isn’t your style, create your own, or use a previous year. The theme will provide a direction for planning events, theme colors, promotional items and decorations. Get help from coworkers. Form a small committee to help plan and divide the work. Getting others to help will increase the overall participation in the events planned. Plan early. Order any items or make favors at least two weeks in advance. Also if your festivities include the community start making those calls early so they can save the date.   Activity Guide Enter the Celebration Announce your celebration to everyone who enters with a colorful balloon arch. Decorate your entrances with Balloons during the Week and plan a photo outside on the 1st day of the event inviting local media for the photo opportunity. Make the photo something

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Addiction and Drug Theft in facilities

In May, 2018 a nurse working at a Wisconsin nursing home was charged with 11 felony and misdemeanor charges.  The charges were: intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse, theft, imitation of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic drugs and obtaining a prescription drug with fraud. According to the criminal complaint: A nurse training with the accused nurse witnessed her diverting narcotics.  The nurse trainee said that when he worked with the accused nurse, patients complained of pain even after the nurse gave them their medication.  But when training with other nurses, the trainee said the same residents were not complaining of pain after receiving pain medication. The accused nurse was brought into the DON office and admitted to diverting narcotics but didn’t state the amount of drugs she took or how long she had been doing it.  The accused told the nursing director that she gave the narcotics to her son because he is an addict and becomes violent toward her. An investigation showed that instead of giving residents scheduled doses of hydrocodone or Percocet, the accused nurse was giving them Tylenol.  The accused nurse was in charge of the narcotics cart, and all medications were signed off and dispensed by her to the nurses for administering to the patients. The Director of Nursing reported the theft to

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5 tips for nurses to help Reduce Med Errors

5 Tips to reduce Med Errors  More than 60% of medication errors are caused by poor communication.  The first step in reducing medication errors should be promoting effective communication among physicians, pharmacists and nurses.  When in doubt, nurses need to be confident and ask questions.  A quick call to the pharmacy can be a valuable resource for nurses to clarify a doctor’s order. The Joint Commission and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices have published a list of high-alert medications.  These high risk medications include potassium chloride, insulin, IV pain drugs and blood thinners. Errors can occur at any point in the healthcare system.  Acknowledging that errors happen, learning from them and working to prevent future errors is a shift from blame and punishment to analysis of causes of errors and making changes to improve. 5 tips for long-term care facilities Know the 5’R’s Inform patients of the reason for all medications Work as a team with doctors and pharmacists Be confident in questioning medication orders Report medication errors   Right Time Right Patient Right Medicine Right Dose Right Route