Mandatory eye protection

Patient Safety Talkers,
What are other health care organizations requiring in regard to eye safety?
Is anyone moving toward requiring the mandatory wearing of safety glasses or face shields while on duty?
We are not experiencing a high number of eye exposures but it is evident there is a continuous risk to employees.
I appreciate your input.
Thank you,
Murray
Murray Hayward, CSO Safety Officer
University of Utah Health Care
EC Office; Ste. 1722
50 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

work: 801-585-2117
FAX: 801-585-6707
murray.hayward@hsc.utah.edu

Comments

  • edited July 2016
    Murray,
    I recently moved organizations, but in my previous role, we were trying to move toward mandatory safety goggles or face shields with certain patient care activities, such as emptying Foley, drawing blood, etc...
    As the Safety and Regulatory Manager, I fully supported this. I was not seeing a high number or incidents, but was approaching from risk mitigation. I think it is a smart move and will continue to look at this in my new role.

    Regards,
    Candy Bright-Russell
    Risk Manager, Readiness Coord, PSO
    JRMC
  • We educate staff on when they should use PPE items. We make them available on each patient care area. We expect staff to use the different items when it is appropriate.

    Lynda Bailey, RN, HACP
    Accreditation Specialist
    Healthcare Accreditation Certified Professional

    Value Management System / University of Utah Health Care
    50 North Medical drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84132
    tel: 801.581.2854 email: Lynda.bailey@hsc.utah.edu

    -----Original Message-----
    From: T Soltero [mailto:tsoltero@salud.unm.edu]
    Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 9:46 AM
    To: Multiple recipients of list JCAHO-WATCH
    Subject: [jcaho-watch] Mandatory Eye Protection

    Hello and Happy Holidays!

    One of our workgroups is currently discussing and seeking information related to the mandatory use of eye protection in all clinical settings of the hospital. We are interested in knowing if your organizations require for all patient care staff to use eyewear in all settings to protect from any body fluid exposure during patient care. If you will kindly take a moment to provide any information regarding your requirements and/or any challenges you have encountered by making this mandatory, it will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you all for your help and time.

    Tom
    University of New Mexico Hospitals


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  • we require use for patient care activities with a potential to create a splash hazard such as foley care, dressing changes, working with a naso-gastric or feeding tube, or any kind of irrigation to name a few. Lab and surgical services staff use eye protection continuously. We provide both goggles and disposable eye shields in all areas.

    Policing it round the clock and with every encounter is a challenge. Extensive education is provided on hire on the full range of PPE use by our Infection Preventionist. Exposures require follow up with the Safety Officer and usually some remediation comes with it. It is also tracked for those who willfully disregard through repeated exposures and corrective action is then taken.

    Denice Baird, RN
    Director of Regulatory Compliance
    Phone # 575-538-4845| dbaird@grmc.org
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    Gila Regional Medical Center |Regulatory Compliance | 1313 E. 32nd St., Silver City, NM 88061

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Lynda Bailey [mailto:Lynda.Bailey@hsc.utah.edu]
    Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:09 PM
    To: Multiple recipients of list JCAHO-WATCH
    Subject: RE: [jcaho-watch] Mandatory Eye Protection

    We educate staff on when they should use PPE items. We make them available on each patient care area. We expect staff to use the different items when it is appropriate.

    Lynda Bailey, RN, HACP
    Accreditation Specialist
    Healthcare Accreditation Certified Professional

    Value Management System / University of Utah Health Care
    50 North Medical drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84132
    tel: 801.581.2854 email: Lynda.bailey@hsc.utah.edu

    -----Original Message-----
    From: T Soltero [mailto:tsoltero@salud.unm.edu]
    Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 9:46 AM
    To: Multiple recipients of list JCAHO-WATCH
    Subject: [jcaho-watch] Mandatory Eye Protection

    Hello and Happy Holidays!

    One of our workgroups is currently discussing and seeking information related to the mandatory use of eye protection in all clinical settings of the hospital. We are interested in knowing if your organizations require for all patient care staff to use eyewear in all settings to protect from any body fluid exposure during patient care. If you will kindly take a moment to provide any information regarding your requirements and/or any challenges you have encountered by making this mandatory, it will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you all for your help and time.

    Tom
    University of New Mexico Hospitals


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  • Hello everyone. This topic is very great for all people who are facing this problem.
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