Does your organizational safety program and committee focus solely on employee injuries and Workers' Compensation issues? If so, you are not alone.
Regulatory and accrediting agencies such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission expect healthcare organizations to monitor the activities of their external contractors to ensure the quality of care, treatment and services they provide.
Patient falls are the most frequently reported incident in most senior living and community based care settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hurricane season began in June but, historically, the biggest hurricane threat in the United States is from August through September.
Adults with a history of Alzheimer's disease or dementia are at risk for wandering and elopement. Because this could result in an injury or fatality, consider evaluating existing organizational protocols and strategies to prevent elopement or wandering.
More than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning every year, and fatalities are highest among older adults. Though CO is a threat to every residential facility, long-term care facilities should be thoughtful and thorough in addressing the risk of CO poisoning.
When you hear the word "fleet," you might think of hundreds of school buses or thousands of trucks or vans. But organizations of all sizes own vehicles that help support their business operations. Fleets can be as large as thousands of trucks or as small as one van.
As we learned during Sandy, it's essential to know where residents will be evacuated and to have protocols to account for everyone's safety. Connect with facilities in your community about where they are evacuating, so you can ensure there is adequate room.
Resident smoking polices mean much more than cleaner air at long-term care facilities. As recent incidents demonstrate, having effective policies for residents - and making sure they are followed - is an important part of a facility's overall fire safety and prevention program.