Objectives for Today: • Identify measures to promote safety in the health care setting. • Describe safety measures for using a wheelchair and stretcher • Demonstrate correct body mechanics while performing procedures in the laboratory setting • Demonstrate patient positioning and transfers in the lab setting • Demonstrate use of the mechanical lift
ACTIVITY: • Each row will receive a card with a category • List five ways to promote safety for your category. • You have two minutes, and then we will discuss!
an incident Don’t forget to complete the incident report form!
Patients at Risk for Incidents • Patients with Impaired mobility • Patients taking certain medications • Disoriented patients • Patients with impaired vision or hearing
ERGONOMICS Adapting the environment and using techniques and equipment to prevent injury to the body
Ergonomic Techniques • use correct body mechanics • raise beds to a comfortable working height • use mechanical lifts • use gait belts
Considerations • Can my patient get up? If so, what are his/her limitations? • Do I need any special equipment to assist me? • Do I need any assistance from my coworkers?
Beginning/Ending Procedures Certain actions that must be performed before/after patient care
CAUTION: • tubing • patient’s condition • paralysis • paresis • equipment
Vocabulary ambulate: to walk gait: the way in which a person walks prosthesis: artificial limb assistive devices: equipment used to help people become more effective in their physical activity examples: crutches, walker, cane
Vocabulary cont. • supportive devices: used to maintain proper body alignment and position • pillows, folded sheets, splints, footboards
How often should health care workers “turn” bedridden patients? • Why are patients turned? • Name some of the positions that patients may be placed in.
Wheelchair/Stretcher Safety • be sure that brakes are locked when not moving • back into doorways and elevators • carefully approach corners • instruct patient to keep extremities inside of wheelchair/stretcher • make sure that linen is not in way of wheels
Prevent Pressure Ulcers! If a patient is going to be sitting in wheelchair for an extended period of time, instruct him/her to shift their weight every 15 minutes
Remember . . . Safety is everyone’s responsibility!
Next . . . • LAB – remainder of class • Please refer to your rubrics and assignment sheet that you received from your folder today Friday: Review questions, lab Monday: Game Show Test Review Tuesday: Test Wednesday: Begin Infection Control Unit
TICKET OUT THE DOOR . . . 1. Document the check-off sheets that you completed today. 2. Document one interesting thing you learned today in healthcare science. date/time/entry/signature • Don’t forget to submit your safety worksheet tomorrow. • If you plan to join HOSA, get your dues/membership in to appropriate person