Physician Practice

The safety reaction

Medical Environment Update, May 1, 2019

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Editor’s note: In this guest column, Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare, a multihospital system in Virginia, and otherwise known as “Dan, the Lab Safety Man,” discusses the important issues that affect your job every day.

The toddler’s father let her hand go so he could pay for their dinner at the busy airport. The little girl quickly wandered away and suddenly found herself at the top of a long escalator. No one was watching.

Miss Anderson was walking home as she did every day from the neighborhood pool. She was very hard of hearing, but she was as friendly as could be. As she waved to a neighbor while crossing the street, she didn’t notice the car speeding toward her.

You may have encountered a situation similar to one of these (hopefully not!), or you may have seen something like it in a movie. These scenarios can create a reaction in you: a feeling of sudden dread and the urge to take quick action. That’s a good response, and it could save someone from a serious incident.

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