Ep 044: Safety and Infection Control: Accident Prevention: Identify factors that inlfuence accidents

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  • Various factors can influence the likelihood that a  patient will get injured
  • Age and developmental stage: elderly as well patients that may physically be older, but mentally younger
  • Lifestyle: do they use seat belts? Do they drive impaired (alcohol, texting/using their smartphone?) Do they use drugs recreationally? Do they own guns?
  • Mental status:  confusion, meds or recreational drugs that influence level of alertness and decision-making capabilities
  • Environmental factors:  rugs at home, tripping hazards (for example, oxygen tubing), unsafe living environments, sanitation issues

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