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Explain possible priorities and responses when dealing with two particular incidents or emergencies in a health or social care setting.

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P4: Explain possible priorities and responses when dealing with two particular incidents or emergencies in a health or social care setting. There are many incidents and emergencies that can occur in a health and social care setting regardless of how careful an organisation is and how many precautions they take.The health care setting I will be talking about is a hospital, and the priorities and responses that should take place when dealing with incidents and emergencies within it. Priorities are steps that need to be taken in the case of an emergency or incident that are considered more important over other plan of actions. A response is what action is taken after the emergency or incident in order to prevent it from recurring or minimising the risk and likelihood of it happening again. I will be discussing the three most important priorities and the response that follows in the case of a possible emergency or incident in a hospital. An emergency can be defined as a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. There are many examples of emergencies that can take place in a hospital setting, some include the following. fire; spillage of chemicals; spreading of infections; intruders. I will be talking about two of these emergencies in more detail. ...read more.


One response that would occur after the infectious exposure would be to do a detailed report by looking into what caused the outbreak, how it spread and where it originated from. This is all to help develop the previously put in place solutions in order to make them even more efficient, effective and personalized to this scenario. This would help prevent the likelihood of this emergency from occurring again in the future. If required this would be done with the help of an inspection of the building and a risk assessment to see what could have caused it, and what isn?t being done properly to prevent such a thing from happening in the first place. One method of informing individuals on how to help prevent the spread of infections is to put up posters informing for example how to correctly wash your hands in order to significantly reduce the amount of bacteria being spread and reducing the risk of cross infections. An incident can be defined as an event or occurrence as a result of something. There are several incidents that could occur in a hospital setting. Some examples of incidents include the following, abduction of a service user; Abuse in a health or social care setting; A missing child; Spread of infection. ...read more.


is on-going, whilst also having enough staff to go out and search within the hospital and in the surrounding areas, if there is not enough staff available, the police would be called in to provide help. The third and last priority would be to figure out how the individual managed to go missing to begin with, and what security breaches occurred when this took place. One response that would occur from this would be to figure out what could be done to prevent this from happening again in the future. This would be done by having a follow-up review of the incident, including looking into what security measures were in place originally and what should be implemented to improve this even further. Also it would be important to assess how quick and effective the response to the incident was, i.e. how long it took for the medical professionals to realise there was a patient missing, how long it took to find the service user and how quickly they were able to go through the three priorities. This would be to ensure that all medical professionals know and are thoroughly informed of the procedure for this incident. This would then be evaluated to see how well everything was done, and what could be improved should any possible future incidents similar to this one arise. ...read more.

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