News and Updates

Annual N95 Respirator Fit Testing

by Medical Staff Office on April 1, 2014

Fit testing clinics will occur Friday, April 4th through Thursday, April 17th in order to facilitate access to testing, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find the schedule here.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires healthcare workers to be fit tested ANNUALLY for N95 respirators used in Airborne Isolation /negative pressure rooms. Fit testing includes selection of the correct size of N95 respirator and learning how to achieve the proper seal for your protection. You are only allowed to wear the N95 respirator brand/size that you have been fit tested to wear.

Be advised that fit testing is required if you/ your staff:

  1. Work in the Emergency Department, or are physically seeing patients within the Emergency Department.
  2. Enter into patient rooms with a patient in Airborne isolation (negative pressure room). Negative pressure rooms are found throughout the hospital: patient rooms, ED, PACU, Dialysis and Endoscopy. This applies to anyone wearing a N95 respirator for patient care, regardless of location.

Fit testing applies to Medical Staff members with privileges, nurses, PCTs and other technicians, rehabilitation personnel, respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, Environmental Services personnel and many others. All Emergency department medical staff, intensivists, hospitalists, pulmonologists, infectious disease physicians, thoracic surgeons, and/or any medical staff member meeting the description above is expected to be fit tested during these clinics.

Fit testing is an annual requirement. Those already fit tested in calendar year 2014 do not have to be re- tested. Those unable to fit into a N95 respirator properly during last year’s session (e.g., extensive facial hair, lack of fit, etc.) will still need to be re-evaluated this year. Please do not chew gum, eat, drink (except water) for at least 20 minutes before testing; this may alter the results of the test.

Your participation in fit testing is required for OSHA compliance and is for the personal safety of you and your staff. Please make sure fit testing is complete by April 17, 2014.

Questions? Contact Anne Van Waes, Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs, avanwaes@AAHS.org.

Doctors’ Day is March 26: Join us for a celebration in your honor

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

Members of the medical staff are invited to celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Hospital Pavilion South Medical Staff Lounge on Wednesday, March 26, from 11am to 2pm. Stop by and enjoy a gourmet lunch buffet. Can’t stay? Lunch to go will be available. We look forward to having you join us for this celebration in your honor. Find Deip’s fabulous menu here.

  • Deip’s Famous Pho Soup
  • Deip’s Favorite Egg Rolls
  • Assorted Fruit
  • Assorted Sushi
  • Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Poached Salmon
  • Couscous Salad
  • Gourmet Pizzas
  • Assorted Desserts

ICD-10 update: Ensuring a smooth transition

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

AAMC is actively preparing for this transition through comprehensive testing and training. We are completing readiness testing in Alec, our electronic medical record, and other systems. In addition, we are providing training opportunities for all of those affected by this transition especially medical staff. Find an update here.

Medical staff members, special thanks for all you do

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

On behalf of Anne Arundel Medical Center, in honor of National Doctor’s Day, I want to thank you for your commitment to our patients each and every day and the important contribution you make to improving health in our community. I hope you were able to make it to the physician lounge in Hospital Pavilion South today to enjoy the gourmet catered lunch. In addition, the AAMC Foundation thanks these physicians from our Medical Staff whose efforts have helped to secure community philanthropic support to advance healthcare.

Are you involved in mission work? Tell us about it

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

Tell us about your mission work so we can share your story on the AAMC blog or possibly another media outlet. Tell us about it here.

Save the date: Quarterly medical staff meeting

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

April 9, Doordan Institute
5-6pm: Happy hour and networking with light hors d’oeuvres
6-7pm: Business meeting
7pm: Dinner buffet and open bar

Celebrating “Donate Life Month” in April

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

With more than 3,000 Maryland residents waiting for an organ transplant, the need for registered donors is critical. Help us raise awareness for organ and tissue donation and get the facts about becoming a donor. Join us for these events.

Donate Life Flag Raising
Tuesday, April 1, 8am, outside the Southport Eatery
Help us raise awareness about organ donation.

Be Seen in Green
Friday, April 11
Show support of organ, eye and tissue donation by wearing green today.

Organ and Tissue Donation Registration and Information
Tuesday, April 22, All Day, Southport Eatery
Be sure to bring your driver’s license. Can’t make it? Register by visiting donatelife.net.

Same-sex and unmarried couples invited to financial planning event on March 29

by Medical Staff Office on March 25, 2014

To help modern families (unmarried and/or same-sex couples) navigate the intricacies of financial and estate planning, the AAMC Foundation will host a complimentary wills and legacy planning event, complete with breakfast, on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 to 11am. Estate planning attorney Julie Schejbal and wealth planner Jacquelyn Boyer who have experience and specialize in planning for same-sex and unmarried couples, will spend the morning providing advice on the best way to plan for a healthy financial future. Medical staff member David Afzal, DO, has a special interest in providing primary care to the LGBTQ community and will be available to answer any medical questions. >>More

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