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#1 Zika Virus “Spreading Explosively”, Global Health Experts Warn

The World Health Organization says it is convening an emergency committee to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency. WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus — which has been linked to birth defects and neurological problems — was “spreading explosively.” Read More

#2 How to Test for Lead in Home Water Supply

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has Americans asking, “Does my home’s water contain lead?” It’s possible! The Environmental Protection Agency says between 10% and 20% of our exposure to lead comes from contaminated water. It’s even worse for the youngest and most vulnerable: Babies can get between 40% and 60% of their exposure to lead by drinking formula mixed with contaminated water. Here’s a great guide from CNN on how to assess lead exposure risks and test home plumbing.

#3 How Concussions Affect Students Academically

Increased awareness about the dangers of concussions has prompted every state to mandate that schools educate students, parents and staff on the risks of this brain injury and devise return-to-play protocols. But the development of standards governing a student’s return to learning has lagged far behind, experts say. Read More

#4 A “Game-changer” in Understanding Schizophrenia

Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor — a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it. The result — accomplished by analysis of genetics, autopsy brain tissue and laboratory mice — is “going to be a game-changer” in terms of understanding schizophrenia and offering routes for treatment and potential for prevention, said Bruce Cuthbert, acting deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, which helped fund the research.

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Put the Smartphone Down: Social Media Use and Sleep Disturbances Linked

It is a scene to which most of us can probably relate: the light on your smartphone is flashing, heralding a notification from Facebook or Twitter, or one of the myriad social networking sites you have willingly joined. But a new study may give you a reason to pause; it found that young adults who frequently check their social media accounts are more likely to have sleep disturbances than those who use social media sparingly.

To Prevent Back Pain, Orthotics Are Out, Exercise Is In

A new study published in JAMA reveals educational efforts, back belts and orthotics were almost completely ineffective for treating low back pain, leaving people who employed either of those methods very prone to experiencing more back pain within a year. But exercise programs, either with or without additional educational elements, proved to be potent preventatives, the researchers found.

Got a Cold Coming On? Which Remedies Do & Don’t Work

Sniffling, sneezing, congestion and coughing — it can be hard to fight off the germs. Before you try your favorite home remedy, here’s what works and what may be a waste of time and money.

Wearable Sweat Sensor Could Monitor Dehydration, Fatigue

Wearable health and fitness trackers have taken the world by storm in recent years. But wristbands that monitor your heart rate and how many calories you have burned could soon be old news; researchers have now developed a device that measures sweat chemicals, which could alert users to dehydration, fatigue and more.

Doctors Who Get Sued Are Likely to Get Sued Again

One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims, and the more often a doctor is sued, the more likely he or she will be sued again, according to the latest research.

Children at “Double the Risk of Aggression, Suicide” with Antidepressant Use

One of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants for children and adolescents can double the risk of aggression and suicide, according to research published in The BMJ.

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4 Employee Retention Strategies in Healthcare

How can your healthcare business retain your best employees – those who deliver exceptional patient care and give you a competitive edge? Start by using these: 4 Key Employee Retention Strategies in Healthcare.

4 Employee Retention Strategies in HealthcareCBS News reports, “the average cost of replacing an employee amounts to fully 20 percent of the person’s annual salary.” This equates to approximately $10,000 added cost to replace an employee with an annual salary of $50,000. Let’s face it: a high rate of employee turnover costs businesses time, productivity and money. But in the healthcare industry, employee turnover is especially costly: as the rate of turnover increases, the quality of patient care significantly declines.[1] Furthermore, when employees leave, their duties are shifted to the remaining personnel resulting in undue stress and burnout. This lingering anxiety among employees can cripple an organization because turnover becomes the norm and thus the cycle gets repeated:

Employee Retention Strategies

Healthcare professionals deal with enough daily stressors and demands without adding to their workloads the routine departures of co-workers. If your healthcare business is suffering from high turnover, let us help you increase your employees’ job satisfaction. Start with our 4 retention strategies targeted specifically to healthcare businesses.

4 Key Employee Retention Strategies in Healthcare:

#1: If you have a high turnover rate, find out why.

Before you can begin to create successful retention strategies, you must first troubleshoot for unresolved issues in your organization. Identifying and then addressing employees’ concerns is a critical step to increase your retention rate. Once the problems are remedied, you can implement the next steps to build solid foundation of employee satisfaction and growth.

To begin, ask your employees to answer a quick 10-question survey; keep the survey anonymous. The answers to these questions will help you discern any current underlying problem areas.

  1. Do you agree with the mission of this organization?
  2. Does your manager inspire you?
  3. Do you feel teamwork is practiced among your co-workers?
  4. Are your co-workers held accountable for the work they produce?
  5. Do you feel valued for the work that you do?
  6. Are the amount of work and the pace of work you are required to perform reasonable?
  7. Do you feel information is shared openly and communication is encouraged?
  8. Do you receive the training you need to perform your job well?
  9. Do you have the tools you need to perform your job efficiently?
  10. Do you have adequate opportunities for professional growth and development?

#2. Make training and re-training a priority.

Ask any employee: there’s nothing worse than being expected to do a job you don’t know how to do. One reason your employees may feel overwhelmed and eventually leave your facility is they are not properly equipped to perform their jobs. If your managers do not have time to train or re-train your employees adequately, consider implementing an employee training system that does not drain your managers’ time.

Learn more → Consolidating Employee Training

#3. Communicate!

If you want to increase employee job satisfaction, you need to have effective communication throughout your organization. If information is not disseminated clearly and in a timely manner, company-wide frustration will ensue. Managers should consistently and clearly communicate job expectations, company policies, mission statements, goals, plans, and upcoming events. There are several methods of communication, and it may be a case of experimenting with different approaches until you find what works best for your company: emails, bulletins, meetings, videos, etc.

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Managers should also communicate recognition and rewards to those employees who go above and beyond fulfilling their job duties. This will generate a positive work environment for all staff, boosting moral and encouraging hard work and effort.

Finally, staff should be allowed to communicate honestly and openly with management. If employees are afraid to speak, they are unlikely to put much effort into their jobs and they will probably want to leave as soon as possible. Therefore, your employees should feel they can raise concerns in a non-threatening environment. Encouraging employee feedback by using the 10-question survey (above) can be the first step you take to foster open communication in your business.

#4. Provide unique opportunities your employees will not receive from your competitors.

The best way to decrease your turnover rate is to offer your employees unique opportunities for career growth and development. This type of investment shows your employees you care about their future, making it hard for them to leave your company. For example, offering continuing education options is a cost-effective approach to cultivate career development among healthcare professionals.

If you are interested in establishing a program for career development and training in your healthcare facility, click here to find out how to do so. Keep in mind that investing in your employees now will save your business money in the future.


[1] J Nurs Scholarsh. 2010 Mar;42(1):40-9.

Originally published in 2014.


The Disarray of Healthcare: Why Elite CEUs Matter

Continuing education of healthcare professionals is absolutely essential!

Why Elite CEUs MatterWith accelerating advances in technology, health providers must maintain and improve their knowledge and skills throughout their career to provide safe and effective patient care. Yet, continuing education in the healthcare field is currently in a state of disarray. According to research, two fundamental problems exist:

1.) Many accrediting CE organizations do not promote teamwork within a healthcare facility. Inter-professional collaboration, however, is key to high-quality care.[1] To improve the performance of health systems, employers should focus on consistent CEU options for their entire team. For example, Sally, P.T. attends a CE conference in Phoenix while John, P.T. attends a separate CE conference in Miami. Both conferences address similar topics, but the material presented is somewhat contradictory. Thus, Sally, P.T. and John, P.T. return to their facility providing inconsistent patient care.

2.) Sometimes, there are biases with commercial interests who fund continuing education courses. Unfortunately, this blatant bias can result in off-label and poorly-researched use of specific products or therapies. However, increasing industry restrictions have helped reduce commercial involvement (pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers) in accredited CE activities.[2]

To top it off, health professionals often worry about finding the time to obtain their required continuing education credits with an already busy, stressful workload. But despite all of these problems, CEUs are critically important!

Research-based continuing education is essential to prudent patient care and improved patient outcomes.

If you’re looking for unbiased, elite CEUs for you or your staff, CEU360 can help. We provide over 650 hours of reliable, consistent, research-based courses presented by distinguished experts:

  1. Your staff can obtain high-quality, elite CEUs that promote the latest research-based guidelines for their profession;
  2. All team members receive a consistent message; and,
  3. Your staff has the opportunity to complete their CEUs at their own convenience.

In addition, we offer a vast selection of continuing education formats:

  • On-Demand
  • Video
  • Slides/Demonstrative Materials
  • Live Webinar

continuing-education-course-catalog-coverYou can have peace of mind knowing over 650 offerings of elite CEUs are easily accessible to your entire staff… 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. And, you can be assured that the education your healthcare professionals receive is unbiased, research-based and taught by leaders in their respective fields.

To learn more about our elite CEUs, click here or view our course catalog.

“White Label” Custom Content:

You can also include custom content in your online library. This will ensure your specific company messages are delivered consistently to those who are on the front lines treating patients.


Attention Healthcare Employers:

With over 650 hours of elite CEUs and plans to develop 300+ new hours of content annually, CEU360 provides options to meet your growing facility’s needs – without the headaches, or the expensive fees!

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300+ Hours of New Courses Developed Annually!

Here’s a small sampling of our newest content:

  1. Differential Diagnosis for Musculoskeletal Assessment of the Spine
  2. When Your Young Client is Defiant: Simple Strategies to Manage Defiant/Challenging Behavior
  3. Applying the Evidence: Manual Therapy and Corrective Therapeutics of the Extremities
  4. Evidence-Based Myofascial and Craniosacral Therapy Interventions
  5. Geriatric Massage: Evidence-Based Approach to Improve Functional Outcomes and Quality of Life

Learn More →


References:

[1] Continuing Education in the Health Professions: Improving Healthcare through Lifelong Learning by The Macy Foundation. [Accessed April 22, 2014.] [2] N Engl J Med 2012; 366:1069-1071.

[3] The Value of Continuing Education in the Health Professions by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. [Accessed April 22, 2014.]

Originally published in 2014.


5 OSHA Guidelines for Medical Offices

5 OSHA Guidelines for Medical OfficesThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets guidelines and standards for to promote the safety and health of workers. The OSHA guidelines for medical offices in particular focus on preventing employee exposure to communicable diseases, ionizing radiation and chemical hazards as well as general hazards (electrical and emergency exit routes).

Summary of 5 OSHA Guidelines for Medical Offices:

Bloodborne Pathogens & Needlestick Safety

According to OSHA, the most frequently requested medical guidelines are those on preventing the spread of bloodborne pathogens. The standard states:

  • Employers who have employees exposed to contaminated sharps must consider and implement appropriate commercially available and effective safer medical devices designed to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure.
  • Employees with occupational exposure must be trained in the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure, including safer medical devices, work practices and personal protective equipment.
  • Practices with 10 or more employees must maintain a sharps injury log. The log must protect employee confidentiality.

Read the complete Quick Reference Guide to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard here.

Ionizing Radiation

The OSHA guidelines for ionizing radiation apply to facilities that have an x-ray machine. It includes 3 basic requirements:

  • Survey the types of radiation used.
  • Require all x-ray equipment and all doors to rooms containing x-ray equipment to be labeled with signs.
  • All areas containing radiation or x-ray equipment should have restricted access and should limit radiation exposure to employees. Personal radiation monitors should be provided to all employees who operate the equipment and to all employees whose work involves exposure to radiation.

The complete Regulations Standard for Ionizing Radiation can be found here.

Hazard Communications

OSHA guidelines require medical offices to provide employees with information regarding any hazards that are present:

  • Hazardous chemicals used and/or stored in the medical office (a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet should be provided)
  • Medical wastes

In addition, all medical offices are required to have a written plan for hazard communications as well as documentation of compliance training for hazard communication to employees.

Emergency Exit Routes

All medical offices must provide “safe and accessible” exits from the building in the event of an emergency. Exits must be appropriately marked and a diagram should be posted in a highly visible area showing evacuation routes.

OSHA has a fact sheet that provides the answers to common questions including:

    • What is an exit route?
    • How many exit routes must a workplace have?
    • What are some other design and construction requirements for exit routes?
    • What are the requirements for exits?
    • What are the maintenance, safeguarding, and operational features for exit routes?
    • Are employers required to have emergency action plans?

Electrical Hazards

Many procedures performed in a medical office require the use of medical equipment. It is important to perform regular inspections and maintenance of the equipment. Electrical standards to protect employees from injury include:

  1. Staff training in the proper usage of all equipment. Equipment should only be used by an employee for the purpose of performing his/her job.
  2. Equipment must be tagged with the inspection date, the due date of the next inspection and the inspector’s initials.
  3. In the event of failure or malfunction, immediately mark the equipment as, “OUT OF SERVICE”.

The complete Electrical Hazards Standard can be found here.

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Originally published in 2014.


New Hire Forms for Onboarding New Employees

Searching for new hire forms? Look no further! We have free resources here to facilitate your successful onboarding program.

New Hire Forms for Onboarding New Employees5 Steps for Onboarding: A.D.A.P.T.

Want to demonstrate exemplary management skills? Your onboarding process is your employees’ first impression of your leadership abilities. If you’re not successfully training your new employees, you will lose time, money and… respect.

To enhance your current new hire program, use the “ADAPT” acronym:

1. A – Assess. Assess the needs of your business. What types of new hire forms are required for your employees? What type of training is needed?

2. D – Develop. Develop a new hire plan. Create a detailed blueprint of your new hire objectives and the steps to take to meet those objectives. Having a plan in place before you hire a new employee will ensure a smooth transition and positive experience for both your current employees and your new employee. This New Hire Orientation Checklist can help you cultivate your plan.

Learn More → Facilitating a Successful Onboarding Program

3. A – Acquire. Acquire the necessary documentation for your new hire orientation. Here are a few resources to help you:

4. P – Progress. Once you have acquired the paperwork, you should be forward thinking. What does this mean? Your onboarding plan should not be “fill out this paperwork.” Handing a stack of new hire forms to your employee is not a successful onboarding strategy. Rather, be progressive! That is, get with the 21st century and utilize a state-of-the-art system for hiring, training and managing your employees. Procuring an online learning management system is an affordable way to accomplish this. A learning management system (LMS) is a content platform that allows businesses to store online training materials for their employees using a cloud-based, secure software system. An LMS creates an engaging and (dare we say) fun onboarding process for the new employee. What better way to demonstrate your unique culture and environment than during the initial onboarding process?

Learn More → Tired of New Hire Forms? Need a Better Method to Track Employee Training? Consolidate Using a Learning Management System 

5. T – Tackle. It’s time to execute your plan. Getting your new employees up to speed will save you time and money. It will also help speed the development of important working relationships between your employees. Don’t forget to provide resources, support and follow-through during the onboarding process. And, be clear about the expectations, goals and guidelines.

Leadership is about inspiring people. Start by easing your new employees’ assimilation to their new working environment with a smooth, stress-free onboarding process. Begin initiating A.D.A.P.T. for your new hires today!

Originally published in 2014.


Infographic: Fall Safety Tips for Home

For the home health professional, altering the home environment to ensure your patient’s safety is the most important intervention you will carry out. Use this infographic as quick guide to fall safety tips in the home.

Fall Safety Tips


Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

While the holiday season is filled with good cheer, it also brings dangerous conditions — especially for seniors.

Winter Safety Tips for SeniorsAn old proverb reads, “It’s better to keep a friend from falling than to help him up.” For the healthcare professional, this statement couldn’t ring more true. According to the CDC:

  • One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI)!
  • Those who fall are two to three times more likely to fall again.

Thus, every possible effort should be made to prevent fall injuries from occurring – both in the hospital/clinic setting and at home.

Winter Safety Tips for Seniors:

  • Keep vision sharp. Older adults should have their eyes checked every year and wear glasses or contact lenses with the right prescription strength.
  • Remove items from walkways that can cause slipping or fallings (small tables, electric cords, bags, etc.)
  • Install handrails on staircases.
  • Make sure adequate lighting is available in the home.
  • Install grab bars and use non-slip rubber mats inside the tub or shower.
  • Secure rugs to the floor with double-sided tape or velcro.
  • Store items in cabinets within easy reach.
  • Keep water off of the floor and clean up food or liquid spills immediately.

Geriatric Safety CEUs

This December, CEU360 is promoting awareness of geriatric health and fall prevention with our continuing education courses geared towards safety in the geriatric population:

I’ve Fallen, Now What? Helping Educate Your Patients Following a Fall
2 Contact Hours
Disciplines: PT, PTA, OT, COTA*

I’ve Fallen, Now What? Helping Educate Your Patients Following a Fall

 

Dual Task Performance – Assessment and Training for the Older Adult
Disciplines: PT, PTA, OT, COTA*
2 Contact Hours

Dual Task Performance – Assessment and Training for the Older Adult

 

Evidence Based Practice: Falls and Balance Assessment
Disciplines: PT, PTA, OT, COTA*
2 Contact Hours

Evidence Based Practice - Falls and Balance Assessment

 

Geriatric Health and Quality of Life – Assessments and Indicators
Disciplines: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP, RN*
3 Contact Hours

Geriatric Health and Quality of Life

 

Treating Balance and Fall Prevention for the Geriatric Patient
Disciplines: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, ATC*
4 Contact Hours

Treating Balance and Fall Prevention for the Geriatric Patient

 

Why Do Patients Fall and What Do I Do?
Disciplines: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, ATC*
4 Contact Hours

Why Do Patients Fall and What Do I Do?

Learn more about these and other CEU360 continuing education courses here.


New Online Continuing Education Library for National Stroke Association Members

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November 17, 2015

National Stroke Association teams up with CEU360 to provide their members unlimited access to the most advanced online continuing education library available.

CEU360.com is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with National Stroke Association on November 2, 2015. The new alliance provides National Stroke Association members 24-hour access to the new National Stroke Association University, a digital library of online educational courses on stroke prevention, rehabilitation and treatment.

National Stroke Association has been searching for a long-term partnership to streamline educational offerings for their members. With CEU360’s On-Demand University, NSA members can now view educational courses presented by world-renowned speakers as well as participate in live, interactive webinar sessions. The online learning platform affords NSA members a rich learning experience that is centralized into one location and can be accessed via a computer, tablet or mobile device.

When asked about the new partnership, DeAndrea Laub, Director of Operations for CEU360.com, responds, “Our focus has always been on providing a superior educational experience with an unwavering commitment to continually advancing our products. Likewise, National Stroke Association is committed to providing high quality, evidence-based education to empower the entire healthcare community. This makes the partnership between CEU360.com and NSA a perfect fit.”

About National Stroke Association

For more than 30 years, National Stroke Association has become the trusted source for resources and education for the entire stroke community, focusing solely on reducing the incidence and impact of stroke. NSA develops programs across the full continuum of stroke—prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation—for healthcare providers, patients and caregivers.

About CEU360.com

CEU360.com provides state-of-the-art learning management solutions for healthcare teams, combining elite continuing education and regulatory compliance training with a technologically-advanced learning management system. To learn more about CEU360.com, visit https://ceu360.com/ or call 1-855-2CEU360.


Infographic: 7 Alzheimer’s Facts

The latest Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures:

7 Alzheimer's Facts

Learn More:

→ 8 Alzheimer’s Symptoms

→ Dementia Continuing Education Courses: Obtain Healthcare CEUs Online on Dementia & Cognitive Decline

 

References:

[1] Alzheimer’s Association

[2] Healthline: 10 Surprising Facts about Alzheimer’s


Let’s Clarify, What is LMS Software?

What is LMS Software?

What is LMS Software? Learning management system (LMS) software is a cloud-based content-publishing platform for administering, documenting, tracking, and reporting e-learning education courses or training programs. Typically, LMS software affords businesses an efficient way to create and deliver company content and online education courses for their employees, monitor employee participation, and assess employee performance.

LMS software can provide:

  • delivery and tracking of multimedia e-learning courses and content
  • learning and testing
  • certification
  • usage and performance reporting

Why Utilize an LMS?

An LMS allows businesses to save on administrative and paperwork costs by managing all their employee training materials in a central online database. Thus, education and training content is no longer stored in filing cabinets or bookshelves, or in stacks of DVDs, CDs and other antiquated forms of media. Instead, company content can be stored safely and inexpensively utilizing an LMS.

What is White Label LMS software?

A learning management system is “white-labeled” when it has been custom-designed with unique content (company logos, font, etc.) to integrate with an organization’s branding.

Why Develop a White Label LMS?

LMS programs have evolved over recent years due to the expectations of consumers. Today, it isn’t enough to offer a company “just another piece of software” – the best businesses expect total learning solutions. That’s where CEU360 comes in – we’re more than “just another software provider”. CEU360’s LMS solution is specialized for healthcare facilities, providing a one-stop employee training software application for delivering, administering, documenting, and tracking online education including all regulatory compliance training and continuing education courses. CEU360 can tailor your LMS, with custom branding, programming, and content to meet the individual needs of your business.

Choose CEU360.com to Serve as Your LMS:

  • Branded University. CEU360.com’s design experts can quickly brand your learning management system complete with your logo, custom URL, and custom login page to ensure your employees have a seamless experience.
  • Custom Content Creation. CEU360.com can create new training and educational content for your organization with a matter of days (not months or even weeks) which means you don’t have to wait to provide company messaging and training materials to your employees.
  • Utilization Tracking & Reporting. CEU360.com’s customized reports ensure you are able to track usage and compliance on your terms.
  • No IT Department Involvement. The CEU360.com LMS enables a rich learning environment free from many of the headaches that plague most online delivery mediums such as limited media types, extensive buffering, sub-par audio quality, and poor presentation. And best of all: our agile solution requires no expensive IT department. With minimal training to use and deploy, the CEU360 LMS is a simple choice that fulfills your education and training needs.

Originally published in 2014.


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