Stolen Laptops Lead to Important HIPAA Settlements

Two entities have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  These major enforcement actions underscore the significant risk to the security of patient information posed by unencrypted laptop computers Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Your Call April

OSHA Q. We soak gauze in our disinfectant to save costs instead of purchasing wipes from the manufacturer. Are there any risk with “making” our own wipes? A.  Yes, there are risks.  Some germicides may be inactivated or absorbed by the gauze and cotton fibers in the gauze may also shorten the effectiveness of disinfecting Read the rest of this entry »

Formaldehyde and OSHA

Formaldehyde is a very dangerous chemical that is frequently used in healthcare and deathcare settings. It is a major ingredient in formalin, which is used in embalming as well as in medical offices as a tissue preservative/fixer.  It is also in formocresol that is used in dental offices, especially pediatric practices. In addition to regulations Read the rest of this entry »
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