Ep067: Safety and Infection Control Safe Use of Equipment Inspect Equipment for Safety Hazards

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  • Examples of equipment include frayed electrical cords, loose/missing parts, IV pumps that malfunction, exposed wiring
  • All equipment must be inspected and signed off on before using with a patient
  • If a patient brings in their own electrical equipment (like a phone charger), inspect it before allowing use
  • Equipment must be routinely inspected
  • Know process for identifying, tagging, and removing unsafe or broken equipment so that it is fixed promptly
  • Teach patient and loved ones about the safe use of equipment needed for health care
    • Check outlets and cords for frayed or damaged parts
    • IV pumps, SCD’s pumps, wound vacs, respiratory equipment, ventilators, tube feeding pumps, monitors
    • Instruct not to touch them and if they are alarming to alert staff to address
    • Provide education, do not assume patient knows how to use equipment
  • Facilitate appropriate and safe use of equipment
    • Do not use electrical items near a water source (sink)
    • Educate, reinforce
  • Remove malfunctioning equipment from patient care area and report the problem to appropriate personnel
    • Tag appropriately and store in a place so that it is not circulated back into regular use without having issue addressed.
  • If a patient experiences an electrical shock, ensure device is turned off before touching the patient to prevent yourself getting shocked

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