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Mac’s Safety Space: I need to know

Hospital Safety Insider, December 29, 2011

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Another challenge that’s been rearing its ugly little head is the requirement for staff and licensed independent practitioners (LIP) to describe or demonstrate actions to be taken in the event of an environment of care incident, as well as knowing how to report an environment of care risk. (I will freely admit that this one can be most tricky to pull off.)

The tricky piece, at least in my estimation, is that any data that would be gathered during survey would be the result of direct interaction with staff in the care environment. For staff, one strategy would be for them to contact their immediate supervisor to report a risk, or to be able to articulate the use of a work order system to notify facilities, biomedical, safety, and/or environmental services of conditions needing resolution.

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