• OSHA - Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents

    Wednesday May 30, 2012

    The purpose of Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents is to provide general policies and procedures that apply when workplace violence is identified as a hazard while conducting an inspection under a national, regional or local emphasis program and when responding to incidents of workplace violence, especially when conducting inspections at worksites in industries with a high incidence of workplace violence.  

    Workplace violence is recognized as an occupational hazard in some industries and environments which, like other safety issues, can be avoided or minimized if employers take appropriate precautions. At the same time, it continues to negatively impact the American workforce. Workplace violence has remained among the top four causes of death at work for over fifteen years, and it impacts thousands of workers and their families annually.  

    Research has identified factors that may increase the risk of violence at worksites. Such factors include working with the public or volatile, unstable people. Working alone or in isolated areas may also contribute to the potential for violence. Handling money and valuables, providing services and care, and working where alcohol is served may also impact the likelihood of violence. Additionally, time of day and location of work, such as working late at night or in areas with high crime rates, are also risk factors that should be considered when addressing issues of workplace violence.

    Click the link below for the complete report:

    Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents

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  • The Falls Management Program: A Quality Improvement Initiative for Nursing Facilities

    Tuesday May 29, 2012
    The Falls Management Program (FMP) is an interdisciplinary quality improvement initiative. It is designed to assist nursing facilities in providing individualized, person-centered care, and improving their fall care processes and outcomes through educational and quality improvement tools. Many nursing facilities have fall programs in place, but recognize that there is always room for improvement. While not all falls and injuries can be prevented, it is critical to have a systematic process of assessment, intervention and monitoring that results in minimizing fall risk.
     
    Click the following file to read the entire Falls Management Program:    The Falls Management Program: A Quality Improvement Initiative for Nursing Facilities
     

    Source: Agency for healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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  • Identifying Medications that Older Adults Should Avoid or Use with Caution

    Friday May 25, 2012

    For more than 20 years, the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults has been the leading source of information about the safety of prescribing drugs for older people. To help prevent medication side effects and other drug-related problems in older adults, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has updated and expanded this important resource. The expanded AGS Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults identifies medications with risks that may be greater than their benefits for people 65 and older.

    This summary is from the full report titled, AGS Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. It is in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS). The report is authored by the American Geriatrics Society    

    Click Link Below for Summary: Beers Criteria - Updated 2012

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  • Free Online Training for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Condition

    Thursday May 10, 2012

    Free Online Training for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Condition

    This FREE video and handouts of the pressure ulcer assessment and coding training session for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Condition was delivered in Las Vegas on August 10, 2010.  It was posted online by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 20, 2011.  This lecture was part of the CMS sponsored introduction to MDS 3.0.  If you still want access to the information it is posted on YouTube! The link is posted below with the slides/handouts.

    You can view the slides/handouts, watch the video, and get free in-depth training on this important topic for resident assessment in long-term care.  The lecture is 1 hour and 42 minutes long and reviews all aspects of prevention, wound identification, staging, and coding, including sample coding challenges and wound quiz. 

    You Tube link to video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7km6NHbVxHs 

    Handouts/slides:

    MDS 3.0 Training Slides 2 Section M

    MDS 3.0 Section M Study Aid

    MDS 3.0 Training Slides Section M

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