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Safety and health resources for the health care industry such as hospitals, hospices, medical devices, etc.


American Accreditation HealthCare Commission, Joint Council for the Accreditation of Hospitals Organizations, Community Health Accreditation Program, Joint Commission International Accreditation, NCQA, and more.

Dentistry Safety

Workplace safety materials for dentist offices - stress, ergonomics, biosafety and more

Disaster Management

Emergency plans and disaster guidance for health care facilities

Health Care Bioterrorism

Medical management of biological and chemical casualties - clinical guides.

Health Care Fraud

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) provider compliance program guides. Database of Office of Audit Services (OAS) audit reports. Report on insurance fraud perpetrated by medical providers, primarily medical clinics. Fact sheets on health care fraud, physician fraud, patient lies, etc.

Health Care Hazards

Resources related to workplace safety and health hazards in hospitals, long term care facilities, etc


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 - full text of the regulations, answers to common questions, consumer guides, standardized codes/reporting requirements.

Home Health Care

Medicare policy and technical information related to OASIS data set for use in home health agencies. Home health agency wage indexes. The Unified Prospective Payment Proposal (NAHC) - home health services will be paid using per visit rates subject to per episode aggregate caps. Answers to common consumer questions about home health care services.

Hospital Safety

The full text of sample safety programs - majority are university medical center programs currently in use. Eliminating pollution from health care practices, plans for mercury elimination, use of incinerators, etc

Infection Control

Guides and information on infection control. Tutorial on drug-resistant organisms. Issues and recommendations for the prevention of nosocomial pneumonia. Recommendations for isolation practices and infection control in hospitals. Guidelines for controlling the risk of VRE infection and colonization. Emerging pathogens and multidrug-resistant organisms. Laundry guidelines. Needle sticks.


Medical professional liability exposures. Tips to prevent malpractice claims. Handbook on risk management for physicians. State-specific legislative information. Series of risk management forms and letters available for download. Answers to common questions about the release of medical records. Emergency room risk management. Series of articles on risk management and medical professional liability.

Medical Devices

US Food and Drug Administration guidance on the CDRH requirements related to medical device manufacturing safety requirements - recalls, reporting, quality, use errors, etc. Various inspection guides used by FDA field staff for audits. Mammography facility regulatory guidance.

Medication Safety

Medication error reduction, drug safety handling procedures, medication incompatibilities

Needlestick Injuries

Resource materials related to needlestick injury prevention, safety statistics, state laws, federal legislation, safety devices, safety training, etc.

Nursing Home Safety

Nursing home patient handling and ergonomics, workplace violence, falls in nursing homes

Pandemic Flu

Resources provide a general framework for developing a pandemic influenza plan for employers, health care institutions, first responders and more.

Patient Confidentiality

Confidentiality of medical information and patient records. Checklist for monitoring alcohol & other drug confidentiality compliance. Guidelines for employers regarding confidentiality of health information. Principles for health information privacy.

Patient Handling

Recommendations for solutions to manual lifting of patients. Information about mechanical lfit equipment and patient transfer systems.

Patient Safety

JCAHO Sentinel Events. Medication Error Prevention Programs. Medical Error Reporting. Guidance regarding patient safety.

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