Chapter 39 Emergency Preparedness. Safety and Preparedness. Safety in the healthcare facility extends to clients, employees, students, and visitors. The goal is to prevent accidents and to be prepared for emergencies.
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Have the phone number of the local Poison Control Center readily available.
Read labels carefully and note emergency information. Follow instructions for use, storage, and disposal. Never use any unlabeled substance.
Never store hazardous materials in alternative containers. Do not use or store gasoline or turpentine indoors, or use hairspray or other aerosol products around an open flame, eyeglasses, or contact lenses.
Weapons, narcotics, and other contraband: If the nurse suspects that a client or visitor has a weapon, the nurse should report it to the supervisor and security department immediately.
Flowers and gifts: Flowers and other gifts can pose a threat to certain clients.
Immunocompromised patients may be affected*
Workplace violence: If a client or visitor becomes threatening, the nurse must protect other clients and self by speaking calmly, moving those threatened to a safer area, and notifying the supervisor or the security staff immediately.