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Helpful MCN Healthcare Resources
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is informing healthcare providers that the Pediatric Multi-Vaccine information statement (VIS) has recently been updated and is now available.
This VIS may be used in place of the individual VISs for DTaP, Hib, Hepatitis B, Polio, and PCV13 when two or more of these vaccines are administered during the same visit. It may be used for infants through children receiving their routine 4-6 year vaccines.
CDC is reminding providers that this VIS no longer includes rotavirus vaccine, because its unique recommendations aren't easily harmonized with those for other infant vaccines. The individual rotavirus VIS should be used.
Remaining stocks of the previous edition of the multi-vaccine VIS should be discarded and this edition should be used beginning now.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), certain covered employers (including hospitals) are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 Log. This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's revised recordkeeping rule is effective January 15, 2014 and includes two key changes:
- The rule updates the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates. Starting on January 1, 2015 there will be a new list of industries that will be partially exempt from keeping OSHA records. Included in this list are:
o Office of Physicians
o Offices of Dentists
o Offices of Other Healthcare Practitioners
o Outpatient Care Centers
o Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
- Note #1: The new rule retains the exemption for any employer with ten or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, from the requirement to routinely keep records.
o Note #2: Included in the list of Industries Newly Required to Keep Records are "other ambulatory health care services"
- The rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA. The revised rule retains the current requirement to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and adds the requirement to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA.
The previous list of partially exempt industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 1996, 1997, and 1998. The new list of partially exempt industries in the updated rule is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Please remember that in accordance with 29 CFR 1904.39, all employers, including those partially exempt by reason of company size or industry classification, must report to OSHA any workplace incident that results in a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.
Recall of Contract Packaging Resources, Inc. Assured Brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets due to Packaging Mix-Up
Contract Packaging Resources, a drug repackaging company, is voluntarily recalling 11,640 boxes of AssuredTM brand Naproxen Sodium tablets because some cartons actually contain bottles of Ibuprofen, a different pain reliever. The Ibuprofen bottles were placed in the Naproxen Sodium boxes due to a packaging error. The affected products are: boxes of AssuredTM brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets 220mg, 15 count (Lot #FH4102A) [SKU #122368/UPC #639277223685] containing bottles of Ibuprofen softgels in 200mg strength.
Consumers who intentionally avoid using Ibuprofen due to allergy, or other medical conditions, should be advised that they may have inadvertently purchased Ibuprofen 200mg softgels, believing it was Naproxen Sodium 220mg tablets. Allergic reactions can range from mild irritation or hives to serious reactions such as anaphylaxes that may be life-threatening. The firm has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
The recalled Assured brand drug products were distributed nationwide to Dollar Tree® and sold via the Dollar Tree® retail stores and internet site. Contract Packaging Resources is notifying its distributors and customers directly and arranging for replacement of all recalled products. Consumers may return the recalled products to the place of purchase or contact the firm by phone at 336-252-3422, on Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern).
Consumers should be advised to contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Featured Policy Library Manuals
MCN's NEW Ambulatory Surgical Center/Outpatient Surgery Department Policy and Procedure Manual is cross referenced to TJC standards, AAAHC standards and CMS regulations. Policies and procedures meet AORN and CDC recommendations and guidelines. This comprehensive reference guide has over 290 policies and procedures that are ready to customize to your organization. See also the Administrative Manual for Ambulatory Care Facilities and the Ambulatory Services EOC Manual.Read more »
MCN's Central Service Policy and Procedure Manual provides over 200 proven, up-to-date policies and procedures in a ready-to-customize format. This manual is cross referenced to federal regulations, as well as Joint Commission and NIAHO standards. References used include AAMI Recommended Practices, IAHCSMM Central Service Technical Manual, ASHCSP Training Manual for Health Care Central Service Technicians and AORN Recommended Practices.Read more »
MCN's Post Anesthesia Care Policy and Procedure Manual is a comprehensive resource that covers the latest "hot topic" regulatory and patient safety issues that are relevant to PACU! This manual includes administrative, operational, functional and patient-centered policies and procedures. Policies and procedures are cross-referenced to CMS regulations, Joint Commission standards and NIAHO standards.Read more »