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Why do you think that it is important to review policies and procedures following incidents?

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´╗┐Reviewing policies and procedures, and making recommendations (D2) Why do you think that it is important to review policies and procedures following incidents? It is essential to review policies regularly, as the environment and circumstances are constantly changing and the policies need to be reviewed and edited to accommodate these changes, for example legislation changes every now and then, or if an incident occurs in the care setting the policy may have to be amended to fit around this incident and prevent it happening again. For example in my setting if an incident occurred like people not being able to get out of the fire exits due to them being blocked by the table with the magazines on, then the fire safety policy would need to be reviewed and changed according to the control measures I put in place. If an incident still occurs this means that there might be something wrong with the policy and/or procedures, or that it is not being followed properly, so it would need to be reviewed and changed if necessary. Which policies and procedures would need reviewing following incidents like the ones you have simulated? ...read more.

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If this is not in the policy already it would need to be added, or if it was in the policy and not being followed properly then the staff would need to be warned about the consequences of not doing things according to procedures. Again the health and safety policy would need to be reviewed regarding the magazines on the floor, as if the policy had the proper precautionary measures then the incident of someone tripping over and injuring themselves on the magazines on the floor would not have occurred. The recommendation could be made that the policy should include a plan to regularly tidy up the waiting room and checks to be made ensuring that no obstacles are left on the floor as a tripping hazard, and if any member of staff notices anything on the floor at any time, even if it is not their duty to do the checks, they should pick it up and place it out of the way. Lastly, in the health and safety policy again, the issue of waiting room contamination and hygiene due to the dirty seats should be assessed as if it were up to the correct standard then the passing of viruses and bacteria via the seats would not have happened. ...read more.

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The doctors should also be required to wear gloves when handling the needles so as not to injure themselves. The health and safety policy again would need to be reviewed so that the incident of the coat rack falling onto someone would not occur again. It would need to say that any loose furniture that is at risk of becoming unbalanced must be secured to the wall and/or floor, and then it will not fall and injure anyone if it becomes overloaded. The health and safety policy would need to be reviewed concerning the curtain draping along the floor; it should now include that nothing is allowed to be on the floor that could be a tripping hazard, meaning that if it is followed correctly then no one should trip over anything due to there being obstacles on the floor. This new policy amendment would also apply to the lamp wire, as this would come under being an object that could potentially cause a tripping hazard. The new policy amendment should require the doctors to regularly check their offices for such hazards and remove them before any patients enter. ...read more.

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