Medical Environment Update—First aid training for workers in medical practices

By: May 9th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The May issue of Medical Environment Update takes a close look at first aid programs for workers in medical and dental practices. There is no guarantee of a meaningful emergency response without training.

Here is an excerpt from that article:

First aid training in medical practices? Isn’t that akin to carrying coals to Newcastle?

In other words—for those not familiar with that aphorism for pointless or useless activity— medical practices don’t need to train staff in first aid, the premise being that they’re in the healthcare business

Healthcare training doesn’t equal first aid expertiseIt may at first be difficult to believe, but an employee in need of first aid in the average medical practice is probably in only slightly better position to receive care than in other occupational settings, says Marcy Thobaben, LpN, NreMT-B, president and CEO of Bluegrass Health & Safety, Inc , in Wilmore, KY, and an associate member of the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers That’s because first aid training is not normally part of the curriculum for doctors, dentists, Thobaben, who specializes in OSHA training, first aid, and CPR certification for medical and dental practices Situations necessitating first aid in practices can vary, from minor cuts and burns in the break room to more serious injuries such as and nurses Also, many practices do not train staff or have lapsed training and certification for responding to pre-hospital, pre-EMS situations

And knowing what to do in that short but critical time can literally be a lifesaver to a fallen coworker or patient, says Thobaben, who specializes in OSHA training, first aid, and CPR certification for medical and dental practices

Situations necessitating first aid in practices can vary, from minor cuts and burns in the break room to more serious injuries require that businesses not in “near proximity” to an infirmary, clinic, hospital, or EMS services provide a person or persons adequately trained to render first aid along with readily available first aid supplies.

The feature article includes:

  • Knowing the value of work site–specific training
  • What have you done lately for certification?
  • The penny-wise and pound-foolish trap
  • Chapter and verse: What OSHA requires for first aid
  • Vital signs for a good first aid program

Also appearing in the May issue of Medical of Environment Update:

  • Vital stats data for better safety compliance—Bloodborne pathogens hazards: Worker vs. patient
  • Outpatient oncology clinic draws OSHA ire
  • Self-inspection checklist: Insist on safe medical laboratory work practices
  • Ask the expert Q&As on HBV titer payment through employee health insurance; what certification OSHA requires for safety officers; fining employees for eating in restricted areas.
  • Updates to the OSHA Program Manual on needlestick prevention checklist, hepatitis serologic test results, and more on Tdap vaccination for healthcare workers
  • A true/false quiz designed to test your understanding of OSHA standards and government regulatory guidelines that apply to healthcare facilities. (Download from the Tools page.)

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