24/9/15 Health and safety in a hospital setting report unit 3 6 potential hazards in a hospital and the harm that may arise from each Physical environment Spillages- spillages could happen in a hospital everyday due to broken or faulty equipmentas or human error, if this happens it should be cleaned up immediately because substances such as blood could be infectious to other people and be a slip hazard, same applies to bodily fluids and faeces. Ventilation-Ventilation in a hospital should be continuous to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, fumes and smoke contaminating the air which could lead to an asthma attack, headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness. Ventilation should remove stale air and the air in the room should
Problem Identification Getting out of bed is one of the dangerous things that the elderly patients do when they are admitted in the hospital. Study conducted by Ambrose, Paul & Hausdorff, (2013) on patient falls reveals that a majority of falls in the elderly patients occur between 0700 and 1900, especially when they are getting out of bed to use the rest room. The cause of their falls is mainly due to unsteady gait, memory loss, confusion that comes with age. Memory loss and vision problems which occurs during old age in the elderly patients puts them at risk for falls. Other factors that can lead to falls are; Presence of throw rugs, psychotropic medications, lack of Vitamin D, and weakness of the lower extremities.
Project 3 As a health care professional, you will be with people at the beginning of their life, when they are born, and with them at the end of their life, when they pass away. You will see people as they are born and as they pass away. Because you will be exposed to these areas of life and the individuals themselves you must be comfortable and able to remain professional during these circumstances. While speaking to someone who you know is passing away would be difficult and sad I am comfortable doing it.
When dealing with substances, they will have a potential hazard which can affect the health care setting. The substance can be a potential hazard in the residential care home as there is clinical waste and cleaning products. As the nurse and the staff member will have to make sure that the cleaning products is locked in a room so that the visitors and the residents won 't be able to go in and touch the chemical products. There is a law called COSHH Regulation 2005, which stand for Control Of Substance Hazardous to Health regulation 2005. COSHH is when the hazardous substance have to be handled in a right way and it has to be stored in a minimise risk which is present.
Health Impact Assessment-Provides advice to communities on how they can stay healthy- by evaluating a potential plan, project or policy before it is “built or implemented”(CDC.2015). For example: Maryland state code requires fire sprinklers to be installed in new and renovated single-family homes. Statistics show an 80% decrease in the chance of death in homes equipped with sprinklers. This regulation would also be considered Health in All Policies(HiAP) due to its cross sectoral nature.
Prevent falls at facilities • Identify residents at high risk for falling, including those having poor vision, gait disturbances, weakness, cardiovascular disease, incontinence, and a history of falls. • Include specific measures in the care plan of high-risk residents to prevent falls. • Increase the sensitivity of the entire staff to the potential for accidents within and around the facility through ongoing education programs. Each employee must play a part in noticing, reporting, and reducing potential hazards. • Assess newly admitted residents for the presence of factors that increase their risk of falls, orient them to their environment, and observe them carefully during their first two weeks at the facility.
AC 1.1: The development of social services during the post-war period. During the war there were shortages in all supplies such as foodstuffs, clothing, or petrol. As part war effort took government management of the rationing, ensuring that the pregnant women, children and the vulnerable got extra supplies. People favoured this action by the government so much that they were happy if it could continue.
Occupational Health is an area of medicine which concentrates on work-related illness, the effects of work on health and the effects of health on work. Occupational Health seeks to promote positive health whilst working and, in many cases, whilst studying and undergoing work placements. Occupational Health is important as the provision ensures that staff and students undergo appropriate assessments and examinations to ensure that they are not risking their own health, nor the health of their service
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was signed into law on January 29, 1970; it is an agency of the US Department of Labor, having nine directorate offices (Rodrigues, p. 50). It is responsible for creating and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations (Rodrigues, p. 23). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in December 1970; it is an independent agency of the US Government, having 13 major offices (Rodrigues, p. 55). It was created to enable coordinated and effective government action on behalf of the environment (Rodrigues, p. 16).
During my job shadow at FM Ambulance, we worked alongside many other people in multiple careers. There were three paramedics in truck that I was in, and we saw many other paramedics throughout the day from different trucks. We also interacted with the police and firefighters a lot, because all three of the first responder units would be called to the scene sometimes, depending on the situation. The other occupation that we interacted with the most, was the nurses and emergency room staff at the hospitals. The majority of the patients that we picked up, had to be taken to the hospital, so every time we would go there, the paramedics would give the nurses the patient information so they could take over treatment.
All businesses have to comply with The Health and Safety Executive (UK Government body) and complete Risk Assessments to ensure the safety of their staff and customers. A Risk Assessment looks at a normal day working activities and considers what could go wrong and encourages the employer to look at measures to protect the employee/customer and to have a plan of action should anything go wrong. These assessments are regularly revisited and updated as necessary. As a practice dealing with veterinary medication and equipment that can be hazardous to human health we also need to comply with the following boards; â€¢