Water

  1. 0 Where you work, are you allowed to have water (in a covered container) at your workstation?
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  4. Visit  OCRN3 profile page
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    No but we do it abyway

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  5. Visit  MunoRN profile page
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    We're allowed.
  6. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    Why on earth not? It's more sanitary than a bubbler (fountain) in the hall, and keeps you out of the floor kitchen.
  7. Visit  IrishIzRN profile page
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    Where you work, are you allowed to have water (in a covered container) at your workstation?

    No. Joint Commission no-no.
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  8. Visit  classicdame profile page
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    yes, as long as it is covered.
  9. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    Quote from IrishIzRN
    No. Joint Commission no-no.

    I'd like to see that in writing in Joint Commission literature. Sounds fishy to me, but I'm willing to be corrected if I'm wrong. Going to their website and searching in Hospitals and in Nursing & Rehab Centers for "water" comes up on water supply, and for "drinking water" comes up zero. Is there a citation in your policy and procedures book?

    You have piqued my curiosity, though, so I put in a question on the JC online question form. I'll let you know if I get an answer.
    Last edit by GrnTea on Sep 20, '13
  10. Visit  Twinmom06 profile page
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    depends - dayshift nope, 3-11 only if the mgr isn't there, and nights - well anything goes
  11. Visit  IrishIzRN profile page
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    Quote from GrnTea
    I'd like to see that in writing in Joint Commission literature. Sounds fishy to me, but I'm willing to be corrected if I'm wrong.

    This blog sums it up nicely...

    http://thehappyhospitalist.blogspot....ed-at.html?m=1

    And...

    http://www.jointcommission.org/mobil...AQChapterId=69

    It may be vague...but it is still pretty clear no food or drink.
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  12. Visit  Kunzieo profile page
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    Quote from Twinmom06
    depends - dayshift nope, 3-11 only if the mgr isn't there, and nights - well anything goes
    Haha, same for us!
    Days has NO food or drink at the desk, ever.
    PMs starts breaking out the water bottles and power bars around 5 (after checking that the manager has actually left)
    NOCs? It's like "Move all those charts, we're bringing in a buffet!"
  13. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    Quote from IrishIzRN

    Standards FAQ Details | Joint Commission

    It may be vague...but it is still pretty clear no food or drink.
    Q: Are food and drinks for staff members allowed in patient care areas?A: The Joint Commission standards do not specifically address this issue.
    However several other points apply:

    • Standard LD.04.01.01 requires compliance with applicable law and regulation. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard prohibits food and drink in areas where contamination is likely. For example, if lab specimens are handled in a work area, the OSHA standard would prohibit food and drinks if contamination might occur.
    • Under the same LD.04.01.01 standard, many states prohibit food and drink in clinical areas, requiring that they be consumed in break areas.
    • Many organizations have policies that prohibit this for infection control, risk management or even public appearance purposes. These are often established after conducting a risk assessment, as required in standard IC.01.03.01. Organizations must be in compliance with their own policies.
    • An Environment of Care risk assessment should be performed to address potential patient safety issues, per EC.02.01.01.

  14. Visit  Mommy&RN profile page
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    < Back to Manual
    Infection Prevention and Control (CAMH / Hospitals)

    Food And Drinks In Patient Care Areas
    Revised | November 24, 2008
    Q: Are food and drinks for staff members allowed in patient care areas?
    A: The Joint Commission standards do not specifically address this issue.

    However several other points apply:

    Standard LD.04.01.01 requires compliance with applicable law and regulation. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard prohibits food and drink in areas where contamination is likely. For example, if lab specimens are handled in a work area, the OSHA standard would prohibit food and drinks if contamination might occur.
    Under the same LD.04.01.01 standard, many states prohibit food and drink in clinical areas, requiring that they be consumed in break areas.
    Many organizations have policies that prohibit this for infection control, risk management or even public appearance purposes. These are often established after conducting a risk assessment, as required in standard IC.01.03.01. Organizations must be in compliance with their own policies.
    An Environment of Care risk assessment should be performed to address potential patient safety issues, per EC.02.01.01.
    < Back to Manual
  15. Visit  Mommy&RN profile page
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    There is supposed to be a "clean area" on each unit for staff drinks. We usually keep our drinks near the area we chart, so that it is handy.


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