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Cause for alarm

October 17, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears wonders about changing policy so the fire alarm isn’t a signal for residents and visitors to panic.

Life Safety Codes start 11/1/16

October 9, 2016  |  Stan Szpytek

Is your organization ready for the new Life Safety Codes set to begin next month?

Nurse Assist issues I.V. flush syringe recall

October 5, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The company is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of I.V. flush syringes because of a potential link to B. cepacia bloodstream infections. 

Should you allow employees to carry concealed weapons at work?

September 16, 2016  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

"My employees want to carry a concealed weapon to work." The decision to allow or prohibit "concealed carry" on your premises is a lot more complicated than you think, even if state law allows it.

Resident death shines spotlight on shift changes

September 6, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A resident death at a five-star facility shows that accidents can happen anywhere—and serves as a reminder to shore up documentation and diligence during shift changes.

Maintaining resident sexual freedom with safety in assisted living

August 19, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

New research has found a majority of assisted living facilities lack formal policies for managing sexual behavior among residents. That means residents rights’ can be restricted by administrators and staff who are weighing concerns on an individual basis. 

The top 10 CMS Life Safety Code citations

July 29, 2016  |  Josh Malbogat

By Josh Malbogat, Director of Senior Living for TheWorxHub by Dude Solutions

Only 1 in 5 facilities is deficiency free each year. Is your site in the clear on the top 10 Life Safety citations?


OSHA penalties to increase Aug. 1

July 25, 2016  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

OSHA, which last adjusted its penalties in 1990, plans to adjust the fines for inflation each year from now on, as per Congressional rule.

Training, practice and technology pay off in real emergencies

July 21, 2016  |  Stan Szpytek

Two real-life incidents show the importance of preparedness and training, so if the worst happens, your staff is ready.

OSHA launches anti-retaliation rules for injury and illness reporting

July 1, 2016  |  Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed rules that forbid retaliation and discrimination for reporting injuries, including post-accident drug testing and "incentive" programs that retaliate against those who bring workplace safety...

The balancing act of Parkinson’s fall prevention

June 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A physical therapist shares how to prevent falls for people with Parkinson’s disease. Hint: it’s a lot of high-intensity exercise, cueing and patience.

CMS gives hospitals extension to meet new fire safety codes

June 22, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it will not begin surveying for compliance with the 2012 fire safety codes until November. The July 5 ruling still applies when considering which code chapters facilities must comply with. 


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