9 Interesting Facts About General Expectations And Hospital Safety Training

By Greg Garner

Healthcare is the second fastest growing economic sector in the US, with more than 14 million people working in this field. Healthcare workers are exposed to a variety of risks, which are uncommon for other professions. This is why it is both beneficial and mandatory for medical personnel to acquire a certification in General Expectations and Hospital Safety. Read below to find out some interesting facts about this type of training.

Within the general expectations and hospital safety course, healthcare workers will have to participate in HIPAA privacy compliance training. Companies that work with hospitals have to adhere to a certain terminology and have to undertake actions which comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

There also are special compliance courses designed for people who work in the Human Resources of a hospital or of companies that deal with health insurances. There are certain standards that must be followed within the medical field and training courses strive to make all employees aware of them.

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Large hospitals usually employ compliance officers to take care of the periodic trainings, while other healthcare facilities turn to external companies.

Hospital safety courses include modules on certain incidents or accidents that are specific to the medical environment. These modules focus on latex allergies, handling instruments, and operating medical devices.

Medical workers are exposed to a series of contagious diseases, which is why hospital safety courses include lectures on the prevention of influenza, prevention of other airborne infections, planning measure in case of a pandemic crisis, the exposure to tuberculosis and Legionnaires ‘ disease.

Healthcare workers are also kept updated on the vaccines they need to have when entering a medical facility.

Another hazard specific to the medical environment is radiation. The radiation safety course includes regular inspections that ensure that state nuclear safety regulations are being followed and also educative courses offered for staff members. These courses are held by radiation safety officers, who have a degree in medical physics. Courses focus on the appropriate use of specific equipment, such as cyclotrons.

One of the major safety threats in a hospital is caused by needle stick and sharp injuries. This is why hospital safety courses focus on the appropriate use and disposal of needles and other sharp items. There are certain standards that must be followed, such as disposing of needles in puncture-resistant and leak-proof containers, labeled with the word ‘biohazard’.

Healthcare workers need to attend recertification courses from time to time, because general expectation and hospital safety credits expire every couple of years. This issue is usually handled by the administrative office that informs employees ahead of time.

General expectations and hospital safety training is relevant for any type of healthcare worker, from people who have direct contact with patients, to administrative employees, and maintenance staff. Preventable medical errors cause the unnecessary loss of thousands of deaths and billions of dollars, and this is exactly what hospital safety training tries to avoid.

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Explosions target ethnic Albanians in Croatia

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Pula, Croatia – Blasts destroyed two vans owned by ethnic Albanian shop owners at two different locations in Pula, a city in the Croatian region of Istria. There were no injuries in the explosions and there was no responsibility attributed.

Relatives of the shop owners attributed the explosions to the present situation regarding the declaration of independence of Kosovo. There are some 2,000 ethnic Albanians in Istria.

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Senior citizen group seeks recovery of Medicare expenses from U.S. cigarette makers

Saturday, August 6, 2005

A U.S. lobbyist group, the United Seniors Association, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boston to recover Medicare expenses related to tobacco smoking. The suit says there is a link between nicotine addiction and smoking-related diseases.

The first of its kind lawsuit seeks to recover as much as $60 billion in estimated Medicare expenses outlaid for treatment of lung cancer and emphysema patients.

The Medicare Secondary Payer Statute (MSP) allows someone to sue on behalf of Medicare. The medical expenses that another party was legally obligated to cover, in this case the tobacco companies if they are found liable in court, would be split between parties to the suit and Medicare. The MSP statute was entered in part because the government does not have the resources to prosecute every case under Medicare law.

Charles Jarvis, the CEO of the group said, “Our motivation is one of taxpayer protection.” He added, “Considering how badly the taxpayers have been injured financially, we believe the responsible parties — the tobacco companies — should be reimbursing the taxpayer to the greatest amount possible under the law.”

Currently, U.S. employees are taxed by Medicare at 1.45% of their earnings. This payroll tax amount is matched by their employer when paid to the IRS.

The lawsuit names Philip Morris USA, Lorillard Tobacco, the Liggett Group, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and two of its subsidiaries as defendants. The United Seniors Association is asking for twice the amount paid by Medicare to treat smoking related illnesses since 1999.

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Movie Review: “The Great Gatsby”

Submitted by: Zachary Mandell

Rating: PG-13 (some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying, brief language)

Length: 142 minutes

Release Date: May 10, 2013

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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Genre: Drama/Romance

Stars: 4 out of 5

Once upon a time, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) was the love of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), but their romance did not last. Daisy moved on and married the loutish Tom (Joel Edgerton), while Gatsby cried over the fact that he couldn’t compete with Tom’s copious reserves of wealth. He made a few shady deals and became rich enough to move to tony West Egg, a wealthy Long Island suburb. Near his expansive mansion is a small house, which aspiring Wall Street raider Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) rents.

Nick just happens to be a cousin of Daisy, who lives with Tom across the water from Gatsby. She spends her days in utter boredom until she realizes that her lost love, Gatsby, is nearby. She begins attending his opulent, almost legendary parties and seems to lead Gatsby on in order to entertain herself while Tom cheats on her with Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher), the homely wife of a gas station attendant. When Myrtle begins to think that Tom is going to take her away from her humdrum life with her husband, George (Jason Clarke), he dismisses her. This underscores his cruelty and shows why Daisy needs the excitement of Gatsby in her life, even if she has no real intention of leaving Tom to be with him.

Nick begins to spend more time with Daisy, Tom, and Gatsby and soon realizes that if he were to strike it rich on Wall Street, this is the life he would have. On the surface, these people seem happy in their wealth and leisure, but once he delves deeper into their lives, he sees the seedier, selfish side of them. “The Great Gatsby” is the ultimate story of the American dream gone sour, in which status and money have largely replaced human decency and goodwill. Will this opulent but dangerous (and in one case, deadly) lifestyle still suck Nick in, or will he be able to walk away from West Egg with his sanity and humanity intact?

It has been said that “The Great Gatsby,” although widely considered to be the best American novel ever written, could not be adapted for the screen or stage. A 1974 film starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow proved that the material could be made into a movie. Though it was a good adaptation, it lacked the panache that Luhrmann brings to his films. The 1974 film also stayed very faithful to the source material, whereas Luhrmann took a few artistic licenses with the book’s plot in order to spice things up. As it turns out, “The Great Gatsby” can be adapted for the screen, it just needs a little help to make it viable. Luhrmann and his cast give the story the jolt it needs to make it exciting and fresh.

As anybody who has watched any of director Baz Luhrmann’s films would expect, “The Great Gatsby” is a visually stunning film. Part of the credit goes to his wife, costumer Catherine Martin, who by now knows Luhrmann’s visual habits like the back of her hand. Each and every piece of clothing the characters wear is painstakingly chosen to go with the set decoration, which is expertly appointed to look like something that would come from the era, but with a slight twist. Add in cinematographer Simon Duggan’s dizzying array of camera shots and angles, and you get some of the best visuals of any movie in recent memory. It’s still too early to tell if any of the fine actors will end up with any awards for their work on “The Great Gatsby,” but the film will no doubt at least get nominated for set decoration and costumes, and most likely the music as well.

The performances from the actors are fantastic across the board, with Maguire nearly stealing the show as Nick, from whose point of view the film is shown. However, there is one extra character that isn’t listed with the rest of the cast that might just be the true star of the film: the music. Luhrmann teamed up with music mogul Jay-Z to come up with a new take on the jazz that permeated the era in which the film is set. The result is an auditory assault of the best kind that gives a modern flavor to a 1920s story without taking it out of that setting. See the film for the visual spectacle, then be sure to buy copy of the soundtrack to relive the experience.

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Russia’s Navalny airlifted to Germany

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Today, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was airlifted from the city of Omsk in Siberia to Berlin, Germany. Navalny has been suffering from a serious medical condition since Thursday. His associates have alleged Navalny was poisoned.

Alexei Navalny is an outspoken critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Navalny was transferred from the hospital in Omsk to Charité in Berlin via air ambulance. Cinema for Peace Foundation, a Berlin-based non-profit, provided for the medical evacuation.

On Thursday, Navalny was flying from Tomsk in Siberia headed for Moscow when he fell ill. The flight was redirected to Omsk, so he could be hospitalized. Associates of Navalny alleged he drank tea laced with poison. Hospital officials in Omsk said no traces of poison was found in his blood or urine. As of Friday, Navalny was in a medically induced coma.

Charité said in a statement, Navalny would be undergoing extensive medical diagnostics. His family would be consulted before any comment on his condition would be released. The hospital also asked for patience.

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Apple releases iPhone SDK, announces upcoming update

Thursday, March 6, 2008

During a media event held at its Cupertino headquarters, Apple released the long awaited iPhones Software Development Kit (SDK) and the associated iTunes “App Store” and iPhone Developer Program. The SDK will allow third party software developers to create applications for the iPhone and then distribute them on the iTunes Apps Stores. Any members of the iPhone Developer Program can add applications to the store for free; the program costs $99 (USD) to join. Developers will be able to set the price of the applications or release them for free. All applications will have to be approved by Apple before being allowed on the store. Some of the disallowed categories are”porn”, excessive bandwidth users and anything malicious or illegal. VoIP applications would be allowed over Wi-Fi only. Enterprises can setup private pages on the store to distribute internal applications.

At the event several third party developers that had been given early access to the SDK demonstrated their applications. Among the applications demonstrated were EA‘s Spore, AOL‘s AIM instant messenger and a client for epocrates, a drug reference service.

The company also announced the iPhone 2.0 update that was released as a closed beta for developers and is scheduled for public release in June. In the new version Apple has been focusing on enterprise features in an attempt to compete with rivals like RIM‘s BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile. The update adds support for ActiveSync, which Apple has licensed from rival Microsoft, WPA2 and virtual private network support. The update will also be available to iPod Touch users for what Steve Jobs described as “a nominal charge”, as Apple have done in the past with the previous iPod Touch and MacBook Wi-Fi updates.

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Australia sends more troops to Afghanistan

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Australian government has confirmed it will send an extra 200 troops to Afghanistan as part of a security and reconstruction team. Prime Minister John Howard says troops will leave from late July and will spend about two years in Afghanistan separate from the Special Forces and commandos already serving there. In a press conference in Canberra today, Mr Howard said the deployment was “further evidence of the government’s ongoing commitment to assist the people of Afghanistan in consolidating their embrace of democracy and resisting any attempt on the part of the Taliban to come back.”

The Australian Greens oppose the deployment of new troops. In a press release, Senator Bob Brown voiced his opinion on the matter, and said the following about Australia’s deployment: “The announcement that Australia will be sending 200 more troops to Afghanistan comes hard on the heels of the Bush administration announcing the withdrawal of 3000 troops from the same theatre,” he said. “Without the US withdrawal there would be no Australian deployment. This is John Howard once again using the ADF to meet the Bush administration’s political shortcomings. Our troops should be kept at home.”

“The ADF contribution will be a mixed security and reconstruction taskforce of approximately 200 personnel and will be deployed over a period of two years,” Howard told reporters. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) troops will be deployed from late July and work alongside Dutch soldiers as part of a NATO force. The extra 200 troops will bring the number of ADF personnel to more than 500.

Australia sent 1,550 troops to Afghanistan in 2001, including special forces, to join the U.S.-led strikes against the Taliban regime. Australia’s only fatality in Afghanistan came in February 2002 when a soldier was killed after his vehicle hit a land mine. Violence has intensified in Afghanistan in recent months, particularly in the south and east, with a wave of raids, roadside and suicide bombings killing dozens of people.

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Getting Favourable Currency Exchange Rates From The Uk To France

Submitted by: Richard Hull

In comparison to the UK, property in France is quite cheap. If you could exchange like for like, you could expect to receive a house around twice the size with potentially ten times the amount of land in France!

Of course, many people don t necessarily want to upgrade in size and it is often more advantageous to buy a similar size property for a fraction of the sale price of their home in the UK.

This surplus cash can then be used as a nest egg to set up in France, and hopefully retire. Lifestyle then becomes the prominent feature and there is cash in the bank to back this up.

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The cash savings don t end there. With the pound consistently stronger than the euro, more euros can be obtained when exchanging. Of course the exchange rate does constantly fluctuate, and depending on when you perform the exchange you can be lucky and end up with even more euros than you previously anticipated.

It is an idea to keep in mind your ideal exchange rate and try to use this as a standard by which you aim to exchange at. With stable currencies such as the pound and euro, this method works reasonably well.

The traditional method to transfer money is through your bank. The big advantage of this method is trust; you know your bank and you know they won t rip you off. Or will they? Generally, when transferring from an account in one country to another, you are quoted the rate on the spot. If you agree to it and arrange for your bank to transfer the money, you are then charged a fee to transfer (this amount varies from bank to bank).

So, the money is sent to your bank account in France. The bank receives your money, and then it takes a handling fee for itself too. Not only have you paid a fee twice, but the rate you had originally been quoted is not the best rate you could have got either. If you are exchanging large sums of money, the money disappearing could be in the thousands.

What many people do not know is that there are companies set up purely to exchange currency. It is their raison d etre. Mostly, they offer exchange rates much, much better than the banks and furthermore do not charge a fee to do this.

Although, of course, not even they can see the future but they do have the ability and skills to assist you in attaining the best rate possible. As it is their business, their time and effort is put into helping you get that rate, whereas banks do not simply have the time (nor interest).

To sum up, you have selected a property to buy in France, you have negotiated a price (hopefully saved a few thousand there) and all that remains on the financial side of things is to join a currency exchange company and save thousands more!

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Saturn moon Enceladus may have salty ocean

Thursday, June 23, 2011

NASA’s Cassini–Huygens spacecraft has discovered evidence for a large-scale saltwater reservoir beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The data came from the spacecraft’s direct analysis of salt-rich ice grains close to the jets ejected from the moon. The study has been published in this week’s edition of the journal Nature.

Data from Cassini’s cosmic dust analyzer show the grains expelled from fissures, known as tiger stripes, are relatively small and usually low in salt far away from the moon. Closer to the moon’s surface, Cassini found that relatively large grains rich with sodium and potassium dominate the plumes. The salt-rich particles have an “ocean-like” composition and indicate that most, if not all, of the expelled ice and water vapor comes from the evaporation of liquid salt-water. When water freezes, the salt is squeezed out, leaving pure water ice behind.

Cassini’s ultraviolet imaging spectrograph also recently obtained complementary results that support the presence of a subsurface ocean. A team of Cassini researchers led by Candice Hansen of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, measured gas shooting out of distinct jets originating in the moon’s south polar region at five to eight times the speed of sound, several times faster than previously measured. These observations of distinct jets, from a 2010 flyby, are consistent with results showing a difference in composition of ice grains close to the moon’s surface and those that made it out to the E ring, the outermost ring that gets its material primarily from Enceladean jets. If the plumes emanated from ice, they should have very little salt in them.

“There currently is no plausible way to produce a steady outflow of salt-rich grains from solid ice across all the tiger stripes other than salt water under Enceladus’s icy surface,” said Frank Postberg, a Cassini team scientist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

The data suggests a layer of water between the moon’s rocky core and its icy mantle, possibly as deep as about 50 miles (80 kilometers) beneath the surface. As this water washes against the rocks, it dissolves salt compounds and rises through fractures in the overlying ice to form reserves nearer the surface. If the outermost layer cracks open, the decrease in pressure from these reserves to space causes a plume to shoot out. Roughly 400 pounds (200 kilograms) of water vapor is lost every second in the plumes, with smaller amounts being lost as ice grains. The team calculates the water reserves must have large evaporating surfaces, or they would freeze easily and stop the plumes.

“We imagine that between the ice and the ice core there is an ocean of depth and this is somehow connected to the surface reservoir,” added Postberg.

The Cassini mission discovered Enceladus’ water-vapor and ice jets in 2005. In 2009, scientists working with the cosmic dust analyzer examined some sodium salts found in ice grains of Saturn’s E ring but the link to subsurface salt water was not definitive. The new paper analyzes three Enceladus flybys in 2008 and 2009 with the same instrument, focusing on the composition of freshly ejected plume grains. In 2008, Cassini discovered a high “density of volatile gases, water vapor, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, as well as organic materials, some 20 times denser than expected” in geysers erupting from the moon. The icy particles hit the detector target at speeds between 15,000 and 39,000 MPH (23,000 and 63,000 KPH), vaporizing instantly. Electrical fields inside the cosmic dust analyzer separated the various constituents of the impact cloud.

“Enceladus has got warmth, water and organic chemicals, some of the essential building blocks needed for life,” said Dennis Matson in 2008, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

“This finding is a crucial new piece of evidence showing that environmental conditions favorable to the emergence of life can be sustained on icy bodies orbiting gas giant planets,” said Nicolas Altobelli, the European Space Agency’s project scientist for Cassini.

“If there is water in such an unexpected place, it leaves possibility for the rest of the universe,” said Postberg.

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Canadian MP crosses from Conservative to Liberal party

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Belinda Stronach, Canadian MP for Newmarket-Aurora crossed the floor from the Conservatives to join the Liberals just days before a scheduled confidence vote in the Liberal government. She was immediately rewarded by being appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal.

“I’ve been uncomfortable for some time with the direction the Conservative party was taking,” Stronach said. “I regret to say that I do not believe the party leader is truly sensitive to the needs of each part of the country and just how big and complex Canada really is.”

She disagreed with the party on its stance on the federal budget, same-sex marriage, and Conservative leadership’s alliance with the separatist Bloc Québécois to bring down the government.

Two days after Stronach switched parties, the ruling Liberals won a crucial vote for their budget by a single vote. If Stronach had not joined the Liberals and voted for the budget, the government would have fallen, forcing a new federal election.

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