February – Safety & Policy
Safety – Speak Up To Prevent Infection
- Clean your hands …
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Clean your hands before eating or touching food.
- Remind caregivers to clean their hands …
- As soon as they enter the room.
- This helps prevent the spread of germs.
- Your caregivers may wear gloves for their own protection.
- Stay away from others when you are sick …
- If possible, stay home.
- Don’t share drinks or eating utensils.
- Don’t touch others or shake hands.
- Don’t visit newborns.
- If you are coughing or sneezing …
- Cover your mouth and nose.
- Use a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
- Clean your hands as soon as possible after you cough or sneeze.
- Ask for a mask as soon as you get to the doctor’s office or hospital.
- Keep a distance of about 5 feet between you and others.
- If you visit a hospital patient …
- Clean your hands when entering or exiting the hospital.
- Clean your hands before going in or out of the patient’s room.
- Read and follow the directions on signs posted outside the patient’s room.
- You may be asked to put on a mask, gloves, a paper gown, and shoe covers.
- If sanitizer wipes are in the room, read the instructions. Some wipes are only for cleaning equipment and surfaces, and are not safe for skin.
- If you are unsure about what to do, ask the nurse.
- Get shots to avoid disease …
- Make sure your vaccinations are current — even for adults.
- Help prevent diseases like the flu, whooping cough and pneumonia.
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Policy – Preventing Strains and Sprains
Lifting, pushing, and overreaching are common causes of strains and sprains. Any job that requires you to sit or stand bent in an awkward position for long periods of time can cause excess stress and strain on muscles. Most strains and sprains affect the back, arms, and shoulders. However, there are some very simple things you can do to prevent or minimize body strains and sprains.
Many strains and sprains occur because of poor material handling. Workers lift things that weigh too much or they lift incorrectly. Lift correctly by bending your knees, not your back. Carry loads close to your body. Injuries can occur when workers try to pull or lift a heavy or awkward object without help or lift an object while twisting from the waist. When carrying a load, avoid bending or lifting upward unnecessarily. Keep as much of the load as you can at waist level.
Get help with heavy loads. Don’t try to move or lift an object you can’t handle. Make sure moving equipment works properly or it will cause you to strain unnecessarily just trying to get it to work. If the wheels on a cart are not aligned, you could strain your arms, shoulders, and back trying to move it.
Change your working positions frequently. Chronic strain due to an unchanging work position can weaken your back, arms, and shoulders. Adjust working heights to prevent slumping or excessive reaching. A vicious cycle develops when chronic strain continues; muscles become less able to withstand strenuous activity and grow more prone to injury of all kinds. Stretch during the day to increase your flexibility. Take body relaxation breaks by letting your shoulders and neck muscles go limp; swivel your head or arms or flex your hands and fingers.
Take care of your whole body with exercise, proper posture, a sensible diet and adequate rest. If your muscles or ligaments have weakened over time from lack of exercise or age, you are more apt to get a strain or sprain than if your are physically fit.