Healthcare safety standards
ONS Connects You to Cutting-Edge Standards to Support Your Practice
Although it’s hard to find the time to do so during a busy shift, there are times when you need to consult the best practice standards to support your work for a particular process. Whether you’re considering the best procedure for a central line dressing change or accessing an implanted port, or you’re considering the verification process and the best way to administer an IV chemotherapy agent, you need to know that your policies—and the competencies which you've engrained into your memory—are evidence-based and supported by your institution and professional organizations. Quality outcomes and measurements have never been more central to health care than they are now, and ONS-developed standards go a long way to supporting your practice.
November 21, 2016
The Case of the Troubling Transport
During orientation, Justine learns that women scheduled for a hookwire procedure are transported to the mammography suite located across the parking area of the hospital building. Patients are being taken through the public waiting area during the transport. She knows this is a patient privacy violation, but her supervisor tells her, “This is the way we've always done it.”
March 15, 2016
Policies and procedures
New Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Guidelines May Require Changes for Your Practice
Healthcare workers who prepare and administer hazardous drugs have further incentive to follow the recommended precautions with the February 1, 2016, release of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention Chapter 800. Find out more about these recommended precautions.
March 01, 2016
ONS and ASCO Release Revised Chemotherapy Safety Standards
In 2011, a workgroup consisting of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and ONS members was convened to review feedback received since publication of the ASCO/ONS Standards for Safe Chemotherapy Administration in 2009 and to clarify the standards as needed. The most significant change is the decision to extend their scope to the inpatient setting. This
February 27, 2012