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Safety & Precautions for Health Care Workers - Chapter Summary
This chapter on safety and precautions for health care workers covers such information as safety requirements and practices for the use, disposal and storage of chemicals, standard safety equipment for use in a laboratory, and public safety and controversies surrounding the disposal of hazardous materials. Take a look at OSHA regulations and universal protection guidelines in the health care field. Additional lesson information covered in this chapter includes:
- Mechanical hazards and physical hazards identification
- Differences between unintentional and intentional injuries
- Steps to take when providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- SDS/OSHA labeling of supplies and chemicals
- Causes and ways to prevent nosocomial infections
- Definition, safety and requirements for PPE
- Lab safety techniques and equipment
- Examples and overview of common company policies and procedures
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1. How to Identify Physical & Mechanical Hazards
We are going to learn how to identify potential physical and mechanical hazards that exist in the healthcare setting. This lesson presents examples of possible hazards and explains why they may be hazardous.
2. Unintentional Injuries vs. Intentional Injuries: Definitions & Differences
It was an accident! We've all exclaimed that. Accident or not, intentional and unintentional injuries occur on a second by second basis in the U.S. We'll explore which ones result in tragedy most often.
3. Providing Emergency Care: Types & Methods
This lesson will teach you the first important steps you may need to take during an emergency situation and some basic but important life-saving techniques you can use during such an emergency.
4. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Definition & Procedure
Are you prepared for an emergency situation? Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a potentially life-saving procedure that you can perform to help a person whose breathing and heartbeat have stopped. In this lesson, learn the procedures for giving CPR.
5. Understanding SDS/OSHA Labels on Chemicals & Supplies
Safety Data Sheets are an important component of safe lab work. In this lesson, we'll dissect an SDS to better understand its various components and see how they help keep you and everyone else safe in any lab setting.
6. Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal
An important part of lab safety involves the correct usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Lab safety is everyone's responsibility, so it's important that you know the proper procedures and protocols for using chemicals in the lab.
7. Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy
Hazardous materials come in all types and from many sources. Because they may be harmful to human health, it's important to dispose of them properly and safely. It's also due to this potential harm that both their use and disposal are controversial.
8. Universal Protection Guidelines in Health Care
In this lesson we will look at some of the equipment and protection guidelines healthcare workers use to protect themselves from exposure to biologically hazardous material.
9. Disaster Management: Dealing with an Environmental Crisis
The process of dealing with an environmental crisis begins way before the crisis takes place. In this lesson we will learn the steps of disaster management, when they occur, and why they are necessary.
10. Nosocomial Infections: Definition, Causes & Prevention
In this lesson, you will learn about what a nosocomial infection is. We'll discuss, in particular, the many reasons you may get such an infection, which types of pathogens are most likely to cause one, and the most common places in your body you may acquire one.
11. What Is PPE? - Definition, Safety & Requirements
From this lesson you will be learning about PPE. This includes how they prevent the spread of germs, the different types of PPE, and when to use them appropriately.
12. Health and Safety Regulations: OSHA
The workplace can be a dangerous place, and workers are injured and even killed on the job. In this lesson, you'll learn how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works to minimize dangerous workplace conditions.
13. Standard Laboratory Safety Equipment
Even with proper precautions, lab accidents do happen. When they do, knowing what safety equipment is in your lab, where it is located, and how to use it can prevent further harm to both the lab and the people working in it.
14. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment
Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.
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