Weekly poll: Safety and holiday decorations

By: December 19th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Last week’s “Grinch” post was a reminder that holiday decorations can compromise infection prevention as well as facility safety measures.  In your facility this year, did holiday decorations raise any safety or infection control concerns? Take our OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

After taking the survey, click here for the results.

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With every holiday season we hear of the rise in suicides and mental breakdowns. Why would we put decorations up in a hospital when the patient is already on the edge with depression only to “potentially” send them over the edge?

Yes, I have had to put the Grinch hat on at least twice this year in enforcing our decoration policy. I typically get that “But it is just one string of lights” issue.

I have also had to have glass ornaments taken down off the ceiling. Can you picture walking on broked ornaments while trying to get out of a building in an emergency?


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