Safety Tips for Healthcare Professionals

June 26, 2017

 Many employees in a healthcare setting work both long and hard hours. It’s an environment both emotionally and physically demanding. Working long hours around the clock while performing vital services for society is tiring and stressful.

Compounding the situation is the fact healthcare settings are more exposed to risk and health and safety hazards. According to the CDC, one in five nonfatal occupational injuries occur among healthcare workers. In recognition of National Safety Month – an initiative that focuses on reducing injury at work, on the road, and in homes – let’s detail some tips on how we can be more proactive about sustaining a safe, healthy workplace.

Let’s begin with the “no duh” suggestion. It’s been reported nearly a third of healthcare workers sleep six hours or fewer a night. While demanding schedules can throw off sleep cycles, achieving adequate sleep is paramount to job performance. When you are well rested you better react to what unfolds around you. Reduce fatigue and you reduce the threat of hazards manifesting. Stay well rested, stay on your game.

Wash. Those. Hands.
It’s a topic we vehemently cover: wash your hands. People’s actions are what spurs the spread of serious infections. After every patient contact you should immediately wash your hands. The best way to protect yourself is to wash yourself.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Like plenty of other work settings, lifting occurs. When possible, work in pairs for lifting anything from supplies to patients. Lifting is an easy way to throw your back out. Remember to bend with your knees and not your back.

Be Careful
Sharp objects are abundant within a hospital. We’re constantly using scalpels, needles, and other sharp objects. Not only must we assiduously handle these tools and objects, but also follow all the proper disposal and cleaning measures. There are risks while using these tools and risks following the completion of use.

Be Vocal
Observe something hazardous to the safety of other employees and patients? Be vocal! If there’s broken equipment, a spill, or leak, be vocal and report it before it causes true damage or injury.

Healthcare professionals experience numerous safety hazards daily. However, there are plenty of methods to minimize these risks around us – it’s about remaining diligent and working together. Be safe, be healthy.