Learning for life: Health and safety

first_img Previous Article Next Article Learning for life: Health and safetyOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are theprocesses by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve theirpractice. There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-datewith what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifyingwhat you have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to helpyou to identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will alsohelp you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understandand what you need to explore further. 1. Which of the following is NOT a blood-borne virus? a) Hepatitis A b) Hepatitis B c) Hepatitis C d) HIV 2. Which country passed the Needlestick Safety Prevention Act? a) UK b) USA c) Australia d) Canada 3. How many categories were products grouped into? a) 3 b) 4 c) 5 d) 6 4. Who was responsible for training the staff on how to use the products?a) Line manager b) OHN c) Company representatives d) OH doctor 5. The second needlestick injury during the trial was due to a) Inadequate communication b) Failure of a safety mechanism c) Incompatibility of products d) Poor technique 6. What opportunity was lost if there was a failure to return theevaluation forms? The opportunity to influence a) Safety policy b) Which products will be used c) Which products will not be used d) Management 7. Each evaluation form had 13 points to consider, which one of thefollowing was NOT one of those points? a) The packaging is clearly labelled b) The safety feature is easy to use c) Appropriate training is given prior to using the device d) Training is not needed prior to using the device 8. With regard to safety devices what is a serious concern? a) Doctor’s resistance b) Financial implications c) Sickness absence figures d) RIDDOR 9. What is the name of the software system for recording exposure toblood-borne viruses? a) SAFtinet b) RCNnet c) EPINet d) HAIrnet 10. The use of sharps safety devices are a) Compulsory b) Voluntary c) Recommended d) Legislative Feedback1.a) Revise your knowledge of blood-borne viruses. Hepatitis A istransmitted via the faecal-oral route. 2.b). 3a) Of these threecategories two apply to the work of the OH nurse outside the NHS. Many OHnurses take blood as part of health surveillance while also being involved withtravel health and immunisation. So even though this work was undertaken in ahospital setting it is extremely relevant to most OH services. 4.c)Training is an important part of the principles of prevention. Companies thatsupply products are usually only too happy to provide training and information.In fact many also supply accredited courses, some of which are accessible onthe internet. It is worth exploring the company’s website and finding out whatthey offer. 5.d) All these answers could be correct, but in thisinstance the poor technique demonstrated the importance of training. Reviewyour policy and procedures for handling sharps. Discuss with your colleagues ifyou feel it is adequate or needs updating in light of needlestick accidents. 6.b).7.d) Although one question was that the user did not need ‘extensive’training. 8.b). 9.c) If you do not have one obtain a copy of the RCN’sBe Sharp – be safe campaign, code no: 001 425. 10.b) The answer to thisquestion brings us back to question 2. Discuss with your clinical supervisor orcolleagues the advantages and disadvantages of making sharps safety devices alegal requirement. last_img read more

Changes in seabird species abundance near South Georgia during a period of rapid change in sea surface temperature

first_imgDuring a three month research cruise near the island of South Georgia, sea surface temperature (SST) increased from c. 2°C to over 4°C. Satellite derived SST show that this corresponded to a rapid southward and eastward shift of isotherms in the northern Scotia Sea, which could have resulted from changes in the wind field. At the same time, observation from the ship of seabirds close to the island indicated changes in the abundance of some non-resident species, whereas resident breeders from South Georgia, such as black-browed albatrosses (Diomedea melanophris) and prions (Pachyptila spp.) which were foraging locally, were present at consistent density in both halves of the survey. Blue petrels (Halobaena caerulea) left the area after breeding, so were associated only with the low water temperatures during the first part of the cruise. In contrast, great shearwaters (Puffinus gravis) and soft-plumaged petrels (Pterodroma mollis) migrated into the area later in the survey. These birds were almost certainly non-breeders which were feeding in the warmer water which had moved towards the island.last_img read more

USS Theodore Roosevelt Commemorates 72nd Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor

first_imgSailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) held a ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay Dec. 7 to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.During the solemn ceremony, Rear Adm. Kevin Kovacich, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 commander, Capt. Daniel Grieco, Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer, Command Master Chief Bill Smalts, Theodore Roosevelt’s command master chief, and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Alexis Russell, Theodore Roosevelt’s Blue Jacket of the Year, committed a wreath to the sea, honoring the men and women who lost their lives during the Japanese attack Dec. 7, 1941.Russell said that she was personally honored to be a part of the ceremony, which included a 21-gun salute.“I was actually born in Honolulu,” said Russell. “For me, personally, being given this opportunity not only highlights the Sailors who are remembered, but also highlights the unsettling grief that my home is reminded of every year on this date.”During the ceremony, Grieco said today’s Sailors are eternally connected to those who perished at Pearl Harbor as the Navy continues to defend freedom and democracy around the world.“We are the legacy of the unbound determination of people, such as the men on the deckplates, who fought to save their ships and shipmates,” said Grieco. “We owe it to them and the people we serve, not only to remember, but to be ready to forward deploy when our nation calls.”The ceremony started onboard Theodore Roosevelt at 7:55 a.m., the same time the Imperial Japanese Navy began bombarding Pearl Harbor. The attack killed 2,403, wounded 1,178 people and sunk or severely damaged eight battleships. The U.S. declared war on Japan the next day, officially entering World War II.Chief Information Systems Technician Joseph Wert was the lead coordinator for the commemoration.“The wreath laying is symbolic in that it draws much of its meaning from the burial at sea ceremony,” said Wert. “The ceremony allowed the crew to symbolically remember the deaths of those who perished at Pearl Harbor and honor their sacrifice by committing a symbol of that courage to the deep.”Wreath-laying ceremonies are a time-honored tradition, usually commemorating loss of life during battle. The wreath represents the honor, courage and commitment displayed by our fallen Sailors at Pearl Harbor.“The wreath itself is round and made of evergreen, symbolizing the eternal nature of our souls,” said Wert. “The red poinsettias symbolize the blood spilled and the courage displayed. The sash compels us to remember Pearl Harbor forever and to teach our children its hard-learned lessons.”The Sailors of Theodore Roosevelt continue to honor those killed or wounded at Pearl Harbor with their dedication to duty as they continue conducting carrier qualifications and prepare for future deployments.[mappress]Press Release, December 09, 2013; Image: US Navy Training & Education December 9, 2013 Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Theodore Roosevelt Commemorates 72nd Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor USS Theodore Roosevelt Commemorates 72nd Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harborlast_img read more

US Navy surges USS Monterey after destroyer collisions

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy surges cruiser Monterey following recent collisions View post tag: US Navy Authorities View post tag: US 7th Fleet The US Navy has deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) and will deploy another destroyer to make up lost ballistic missile defense capability after two guided missile destroyers were severely damaged in recent collisions.USS Monterey departed Naval Station Norfolk October 16, for a surge deployment to the US 5th Fleet and US 6th Fleet areas of operation.An additional destroyer, the USS O’Kane, is to be deployed with the same task. According to USNI News, the USS O’Kane was set for an independent deployment before being tasked to head for the US 7th Fleet area of operations for ballistic missile defense support.The two ships are being deployed after the collisions of USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain earlier this year. The lives of 17 US Navy sailors were lost in the two collisions.The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), a component of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, returned to Naval Station Norfolk January 19 following a 7 1/2 month long deployment to 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations. She is part of the Navy’s optimized fleet response plan.Monterey will ensure a continuous ballistic missile defense presence and uninterrupted support for potential tasking.“I am inspired and motivated by the crew of USS Monterey. I could not be more proud and honored to serve with this crew,” said Capt. Dave Stoner, Monterey’s commanding officer. “The effort and skills demonstrated over the last two months is a testament to the strength and abilities of this crew. These Sailors have epitomized this ship’s motto, ‘Rough in Battle, Ready in Peace’.” US Navy surges cruiser Monterey following recent collisionscenter_img View post tag: USS Monterey View post tag: BMD October 17, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more

When Nature Calls…

first_imgBack StorySeems like Superstorm Sandy affected just about all of Hoboken’s future plans, including the design and location of its latrines. “The shape, the design, the durability of construction, it had to be flood-resistant to easily withstand wind, rain, flooding, the elements,” says Hoboken Business Administrator Stephen D. Marks. Enter the Portland LooEvan Madden, sales manager for Madden Fabrication, the metal fabrication company that built the Portland Loo, gives the backstory. Apparently, Seattle, Washington, needed some public restrooms and bought five self-cleaning toilets from China. “News got out that they were causing drug use because they were too enclosed, and because they were bought in a foreign county, it took days to get parts, and they were costly to ship and purchase,” Madden says.The city had paid $5 million for five restrooms, which were removed within two years and sold on eBay for $12,000. This was bad press, and Portland paid attention.Randy Leonard was a Portland volunteer fireman and city commissioner, who recognized that Portland needed public “facilities.” They needed to be “strong and durable, cheap, and easy to clean and maintain,” Madden says. Leonard “took the fireman’s approach, hose everything down, rinse, and it’s ready to go. It was important that it be maintained throughout the day, so that it’s inviting and usable.” Leonard took the initiative to make it happen for the city.The key was to make them private while at the same time not so private that criminals and vandals could use them at will. The solution was to have “blind space for complete privacy at toilet level, with louvers on the bottom, so that you could still see feet,” Madden says.Parents and nannies like having them installed next to playgrounds. “They know if someone is misusing it, and can wait for the kid outside,” Madden says. “And bikes and strollers fit inside.”Hoboken OuthouseHoboken’s Marks was aware of European privies that were coin operated and had “spritzes between users, where the entire thing got sprayed, which doesn’t keep everything sanitary.”The Portland Loo’s pedal-operated hand-washing station on the outside of the facility “is more sanitary.”“Porto potties are not durable,” says Marks, who saw the Portland Loo in a trade magazine. “It fit the bill,” he says. And the price was right. It cost about $92,000, including delivery. With various grants and loans, the entire construction of Southwest Park cost $5 million, so the loo seemed like a good bet.He considers good public restrooms a quality-of-life issue. “They’re absolutely necessary in an urban environment and in a town like Hoboken with about 130 bars and more cafes and restaurants.”The folks in Portland were concerned about vandalism and misuse. When it comes to the latter, Marks notes an intriguing feature of the Portland Loo. “The blue LED lights on the inside discourage drug use because people shooting up can’t see veins in the blue light.”Its highly visible location, right on Harrison Street and Observer Highway, as opposed to the middle of the park, also discourages criminal activity. “There’s traffic 24/7, and the police and the community are going in and out. It’s feet away from Crossfit and the Hoboken business center.” Marks points to future development plans for southwest Hoboken, with both commercial and residential properties, which will transform the area.Marks would like to “install more around the city on commercial corridors or around downtown close to the PATH station and in other parks.” The public will be part of the planning process. “Hoboken has 55,000 people, who are not shy about expressing their opinions. It’s an attractive facility and a great bathroom.”Evacuation RouteStarr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners designed Southwest Park. The U.S. Green Building Council, NJ Chapter, honored the architects with an award for Innovation and Sustainability Best Practices—Public for Hoboken’s Southwest Resiliency Park.One of the principals of the firm, Stephen Whitehouse, says the project was developed with the input of the community and the city council, which concluded that the park should include a bathroom.“We tried to search for off-the-shelf public bathrooms that could fit into the concept of the park that had been developed by the community,” Whitehouse says. The idea for “the Portland Loo came from the city.”The architects were on board. “It worked; it fit with the design,” Whitehouse says. “It’s not much bigger than a bus shelter, well engineered, and easy to install. It arrived fully constructed on a truck, which came with its own crane and lowered the facility onto the site, after the site was prepped with a utility hookup and sewer connection.”Public water closets are a boon for urban planning. “Cities, not just Hoboken, have wrestled with how to provide restrooms in the public realm,” Whitehouse says. “The default is the hotel lobby restroom or Starbucks—everyone has a mental map. It’s nice if you have a clean, safe, public restroom available.”The Portland Loo answered the call. “It’s a clever design developed with the city of Portland and a vendor through a whole process of thinking things through,” Whitehouse says. “Though enclosed, it’s not heated, but the plumbing is heated, so the fixtures won’t freeze.”“It’s all very Portland,” he concludes. “A lot of social engineering was involved. I’m impressed. I would use it again in a design.”—07030 × Story and photo by Kate RoundsThere’s a lot to do, but no place to go—this may be the worst-kept secret of the urban experience. You’re planning a day in the Mile Square. It’s summer. Lots of outdoor activities are on tap, kayaking on the Hudson and beer on the pier with long lines for the can, maybe some tennis, and a stroll through the park.Just about every eating and drinking establishment in town has a sign that says, “Restrooms for customers only.”So, what’s the civilized solution to public peeing?Well, Hoboken discovered it when they installed the Portland Loo at Southwest Park in 2017.It looks kinda like a small Airstream Travel Trailer or even a gondola or super-enclosed bus stop. I was intrigued when one of our photographers, Victor Rodriguez, emailed me a picture a few months ago.last_img read more

John Kadlecik Band Welcomes Oteil Burbridge In Boca Raton [Watch]

first_imgJohn Kadlecik Band was in Boca Raton, Florida on Thursday for a performance at The Funky Biscuit, as part of the popular jam guitarist’s ongoing run of winter tour dates throughout the southeast. The concert on Thursday was the first of two performances at the Florida venue heading into the weekend, and featured a surprise appearance from another notable artist from within the Grateful Dead community, bassist Oteil Burbridge.The notable sit-in on Thursday came towards the end of the second set, when Oteil joined the band in place of bassist Robin Sylvester to help perform “What’s Become Of Mary”. The lively tune was initially written and recorded by Kadlecik along with his other band, The Mix, as featured on their 2004 studio album, American Spring. The performance was then followed by a soulful cover of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”. The two musicians are of course no strangers to playing alongside one another, as they recently teamed up to take part in “A Merry Jerry Christmas” benefit show in California back in December.The 20-minute performance of both songs began with Kadlecik introducing Oteil before taking the band into the dance-friendly song. “What’s Become Of Mary” featured some impressive solos traded off between Kadlecik, pianist Benjie Porecki, and Burbridge. Fans could then be heard cheering in approval as the band continued into the opening lines of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, which quickly turned into a sing-a-long to go with more solo work from Kadlecik. Fans can watch the entire sit-in from Thursday night in the video below.John Kadlecik Band with Oteil Burbridge – 1/7/2019[Video: CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]Kadlecik and his band are back in action at The Funky Biscuit on Friday, followed by two more Florida shows on Saturday and Sunday to close out the brief run of winter dates. Kadlecik also announced earlier this week that he’ll team up with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, drummer Jay Lane, and bassist Reed Mathis later this year for a run of spring tour dates under their supergroup banner, Golden Gate Wingmen. Fans should head to the band’s page on Kadlecik’s website for a full tour schedule and ticket info.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

A thirst for justice delayed

first_imgThis is part of a series about Harvard’s deep connections with Asia.In the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge killed 2 million people in Cambodia’s “killing fields,” roughly a quarter of the population. Today, 80 percent of Cambodians say they’re victims of the regime, including half of respondents too young to have lived under it, but nonetheless affected by it.The results of the survey, conducted by Harvard researchers Phuong Pham and Patrick Vinck, illustrate the depth and breadth of the impact of the Khmer Rouge’s bloody four-year reign. They also highlight the importance of trials under way today, called the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, to prosecute those who participated in the massacre.“We have people say: ‘We want to know what happened to our family,’” said Pham, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). “They’re all gone, missing. People want to know what happened to them.”Pham and Vinck, also a research scientist at HSPH and HHI, have been conducting surveys of Cambodians’ attitudes toward the trial since 2008, and sharing results with government and tribunal officials to help them understand the trials’ impact on national healing.The Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975 and ruled until Vietnam invaded in 1979 and installed a government friendlier to Hanoi. During its rule, the Khmer Rouge instituted a policy of reverse migration from the cities, expulsion of ethnic minorities, repression of former leaders and intellectuals, mass killings, and forced labor that, together with disease and starvation, resulted in deaths on a scale not seen since World War II.Phuong Pham (left) and Patrick Vinck have worked with a local partner, the Center for Advanced Study in Phnom Penh, to conduct several surveys. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe practices gave rise to the killing fields, which referred to sites where people were slain and buried in mass graves, and which became the title of a 1984 movie on the era. Among the most notorious sites was the Tuol Sleng prison, a converted high school in Phnom Penh, the capital, where thousands were tortured and killed.In 2003, Cambodia agreed to set up a joint Cambodian-United Nations tribunal to try those responsible for the killings. There were to be four trials, the first of which resulted in a life sentence for the commander of Tuol Sleng for torture, murder, and crimes against humanity. The second trial, of four additional top Khmer Rouge leaders, is under way today. The other two are pending.Vinck said there are delicate judgments to make on how far to extend the prosecutions. Many government officials of the time still hold positions of power, he said, which has led to allegations of political tampering with the trial and even to threats against some international judges.Pham and Vinck have worked with a local partner, the Center for Advanced Study in Phnom Penh, to conduct several surveys. They began the first survey in 2008 while at the University of California, Berkeley, and have continued their work since arriving at Harvard in 2011, issuing reports that year and this one.Pham and Vinck designed lengthy, structured interviews that take an hour to an hour and a half to administer, and then trained a team of about 30 interviewers to ask the questions while Pham and Vinck supervised.Results show that news about the tribunal spreads through the country, but not predominantly through media channels. Rather it spreads by word of mouth through families and friends. Results also show that the younger generation of Cambodians doubts the worst of the atrocities. Until the trial began, the Khmer Rouge era was not taught in schools. In addition, older Cambodians often don’t share their experiences, leaving a gap in knowledge.“Our surveys showed that the older generation didn’t talk to the younger generation about what happened, and [when they did] younger people didn’t believe the older people,” Vinck said. “The scope of the atrocities is so incomprehensible that it’s understandable that people don’t believe it.”Despite that lack of knowledge, surveys show that 51 percent of those polled who were too young to have lived through the violent period called themselves Khmer Rouge victims nonetheless. The researchers said that’s because the impact of family members murdered, lands confiscated, and lives disrupted reaches through generations.Pham and Vinck’s Cambodian work is part of a broader agenda of research examining the importance and impact of international tribunals and justice after atrocities. The two have also worked in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Liberia, and the Central African Republic. They said what drew them to Cambodia was that, unlike nations where tribunals were empaneled not long after the atrocities, the Cambodian court convened nearly 30 years after the Khmer Rouge took power.“The question is: How do societies affected by conflict rebuild themselves? What is the role of justice? What do international tribunals mean to people?” Vinck asked. “To us, it is an interesting case because it happened 30 years after the conflict.”They have conducted two public surveys about the trials, each polling 1,000 people. They’ve also surveyed 75 of 90 citizen participants in the first case and a 300-person sample of the 2,000 citizen participants in the second trial. They’ve done several smaller, targeted surveys, which all show that rifts in the nation have not healed, despite both the time that’s passed and the economic progress the nation is making under today’s constitutional monarchy. People still thirst for understanding and for justice.“For the population, it’s still important to see some sort of justice,” Vinck said. “The demand for justice is very local. They want to know what happened to their family and who did it.”last_img read more

See Motown Legends The Temptations & The Four Tops Groove on Broadway

first_imgThe Temptations and The Four Tops are joining forces on Broadway! We’ve got a first look at the two legendary Motown groups live at the Palace Theatre. The Temptations (above) features founding member Otis Williams with Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson, while The Four Tops (below) includes original member Abdul “Duke” Fakir with Ronnie McNeir, Harold Bonhart and Lawrence Payton, Jr. Check out these two sensational groups singing “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “I Can’t Help Myself” and more Motown hits from December 29 through January 4, 2015! The Temptations and The Four Tops View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

Pear disease

first_imgFire blight, a common plant disease that is persistent in the Southeast, makes growing edible pears in Georgia difficult.Fire blight is caused by a bacterial plant disease that infects trees in early spring, when young tender leaves and flower blossoms begin to emerge. It is most common on pear trees, but can also affect certain types of apple trees and a few other types of plants.Most pears produced in the U.S. are grown in Oregon and Washington, states where the disease does not become a problem.Affects blooms and stemsFire blight produces several different symptoms, depending on what plant parts are attacked and when. The first symptom, called blossom blight, appears shortly after the tree blooms. In the early stages of infection, blossoms appear water soaked and grayish-green but quickly turn brown or black. Typically the entire cluster becomes blighted and is killed.The most obvious symptom of the disease is the shoot blight phase. This first appears one to several weeks after flower petals fall from the tree. The leaves and stems on young, succulent shoot tips turn brown or black and bend over into a characteristic shape similar to the top of a shepherd’s crook or candy cane.Under favorable conditions, shoot blight infections multiply and continue to expand down the stems, causing the tree to appear scorched by fire. Shoot blight infections can expand beyond the current season’s growth. This causes dark, sunken cankers to form on the older, supporting wood.Plant susceptible cultivarsThe most effective horticultural practice for minimizing fire blight outbreaks is to avoid planting highly susceptible cultivars. Unfortunately, most popular pear cultivars are highly susceptible to fire blight. If you plan to add pear trees to your home landscape, do your homework and buy the best variety for Georgia’s climate.If your trees are already blighted, the only option for limiting the spread of the disease is to prune out the affected branches as soon as they appear. Pruning cuts should be made at least 8 to 12 inches below any symptoms of visible infection to ensure complete removal of diseased tissue. Sterilize pruning-shear blades with alcohol or household bleach between each cut to reduce potential spreading of the disease.Applications of a copper-containing fungicide/bactericide at or shortly after bud break in early spring will further reduce the number of new fire blight bacteria produced from overwintering cankers. Unfortunately, this will not completely eliminate the problem. Also, it is usually not practical for home gardeners to spray larger trees and be able to get good coverage. For more information on fire blight disease and growing pears in Georgia, visit the UGA Cooperative Extension publication website at .last_img read more

Credit unions are dropping free checking too — but millennials don’t care

first_imgStill store your money in a national bank? Here are five reasons that will change your mind.by: Jess MillerMore people than ever — over 100 million — are now banking with credit unions, even though it’s increasingly costing them money.A recent Bankrate survey found the number of credit unions with free checking accounts dropped from 78 percent five years ago to 72 percent today. But free checking is still much more likely there than at banks, where only 38 percent offer it.“Credit unions have maintained free checking much better than banks,” says Dan Berger, president of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. Five years ago, 68 percent of banks offered free checking accounts.“That 72 percent for credit unions has been steady for the last few years and likely will remain so,” Berger says. “For the few that have made the business decision to slightly increase checking account cost, the nonstop regulations that continue to be promulgated are putting stress on credit unions, especially smaller ones.”Berger argues that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau oversight has strained credit unions, which now have to find more creative ways to keep costs low. But that hasn’t discouraged more than 8 million consumers who have joined a credit union since 2009, and one group in particular: millennials. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more