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Dec 01, 2007

Q. I recently discovered I'm pregnant. How do I protect myself and my baby from work-related hazards?


Christine Merle
"First, review your employee manual to determine who you're required to tell about your happy event," says Christine Merle, DVM, MBA, CVPM, a practice management consultant with Brakke Consulting in Dallas. Your practice should quickly address potential hazards and discuss your work options to continue working in your current position or another.

She also recommends using protective equipment, such as eye, face, and hand protection, and safety shoes to eliminate exposure and make some procedures safe to perform. Proper hand-washing and wearing gloves will reduce your risk of exposure to chemicals and biologic agents. And remember to show your own doctor a copy of your practice's hazard assessment of workplace conditions and job description. He or she can advise you on additional safety considerations.

"If changes occur during your pregnancy and you can't meet the terms of your agreement with your practice, approach your manager to discuss your options for accommodation or pregnancy leave," Dr. Merle says.

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patients' lives (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.