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Facilities on high alert for Ebola in Ohio; authorities issue guidance

Facilities on high alert for Ebola in Ohio; authorities issue guidance

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Federal and state organizations have released new Ebola guidance for healthcare workers in long-term care and other settings, following the second case of a nurse acquiring the virus in the United States. Both infected nurses came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who traveled to the United States, fell ill with Ebola and died Oct. 8 at a Dallas hospital.

Government agency steps up efforts to reduce nursing home worker injuries

Government agency steps up efforts to reduce nursing home worker injuries

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The high rate of nursing home injuries can be lowered through better resident handling practices, according to a new guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Heavily soiled healthcare linens not 'regulated waste,' OSHA confirms

Heavily soiled healthcare linens not 'regulated waste,' OSHA confirms

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Long-term care facilities and other healthcare providers are not required to dispose of contaminated linen as "regulated waste," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration clarified in a recent letter.

If you want to live dangerously, work in a nursing home

If you want to live dangerously, work in a nursing home

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When you buy a pack of cigarettes in this country, you also get an admonition from the Surgeon General. Why? To point out how dangerous going near tobacco products can be.

Putting a stop to employee injury

Putting a stop to employee injury

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I'd like to propose a suggestion for a fun party trick. Ask those around you which profession was more dangerous in terms of injuries in 2012: Mining, forestry and logging, or working in a nursing home.

Giving a lift to safety

Giving a lift to safety

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Employers must adopt tools and embrace policies that keep caregivers as well as residents safe during the bathing process — or pay the price in injuries.

OSHA contacts about 1,000 nursing homes as possible inspection targets

OSHA contacts about 1,000 nursing homes as possible inspection targets

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently sent letters to about 1,000 nursing homes with high worker injury and illness rates in 2011, warning that they may be subject to inspections.

Let's hope this flu remedy goes viral

Let's hope this flu remedy goes viral

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Some people might dream of owning a professional football or baseball team. Right now, I'm wishing I owned a nursing home. Then I could immediately fire all the people who deserved it.

OSHA plans nursing home inspections

Roughly 300 nursing homes can expect inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to one of the latest agency directives aimed at long-term care providers.