In the scheme of human history, it wasn’t so long ago that we believed that the mechanism of disease was result of imbalanced humors and chloroform was a cutting edge anesthetic. Today, we are able to use robots to perform microsurgery, pinpoint the genetic sequence of a cancer cell, and transplant nearly anything. There is […]
Has your employee been struck by an orca? Burned by flaming water skis? Has he or she suffered a knitting-related injury? ICD-10 has you covered. As this more complex coding goes into effect, NPR takes a look at some of the more unusual entries here.
Changes to OSHA’s Confined Space Standard for Construction will go into effect on October 2. The more prescriptive standard will affect every workplace that performs confined space entries. Is your team ready? Specifically, the new standard amends the definition of an enclosed space and requires that even general industry complies with this prescription. A confined […]
Cardiovascular disease remains stubbornly at the top of the mortality list in the United States. One big reason? Cholesterol. According to the CDC, about 30% of U.S. adults have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol). Fewer than half are on a treatment plan to lower those levels. More than 30 million Americans […]
“I learned it by watching you.” Does anyone remember that line from the 1987 anti-drug PSA? The commercial is a little dated, but the concept is sound. People really do learn from those around them. It’s a concept called vicarious or observational learning, defined as learning that happens indirectly through observation rather than through direct, […]
OSHA has released a new interactive map that highlights enforcement cases on a state-by-state basis. The map lists companies that have received penalties larger than $40,000 since January 1, 2015. OSHA intends to update weekly. Find the map here.
One of the biggest energy production stories over the last several years has been the proliferation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) throughout the United States and Canada. The controversial process extracts hydrocarbons—shale oil in particular—by injecting high pressure fluids through narrow holes. The technology has been around since the 1940s, but the industry began its growth […]
Imagine this: You’re engaged in pleasant conversation during your hospital’s yearly flu vaccination drive. All of a sudden—ouch! You’ve accidentally stuck your thumb with a used needle. Do you know what to do next? For too many hospital employees, the answer is “no,” and that’s a huge oversight. A needlestick is no small matter that a […]
This month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed. We all remember harrowing images of people at the New Orleans Superdome, on roofs and overpasses, and in the fetid waters. We saw the devastation in the Lower 9th Ward and throughout the Gulf Coast. Firsthand accounts of the trauma brought […]
It’s the dog days of summer, and many of us have been enjoying backyard grilling with family and friends. Thanks to regular monitoring from the USDA, you know that your burgers, hot dogs, and chicken are safe to eat. But how safe were the workers who produced it? Food manufacturing has long had a reputation […]