Risk Assessment Example - Doctor's Office - Unit 3 Health and Social Care task 4

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Doctor’s office:

In the doctor’s office there is his main desk, a bed with a long floor-length curtain around it, a shelf, a coat rack with lots of things hanging on it, a low table, a cupboard, and a lamp plugged in from across the room.

Potential hazards in this room include the curtain around the bed draping along the floor, the shelf having sample pots of patients’ bodily fluids stored on it, the coat rack being heavily loaded on one side, the low table having a pack of expired pills on it, the cupboard not having child safety locks on it, and the wire from the lamp trailing across the middle of the room.

Curtain: Around the bed there is a privacy curtain that can be pulled across to separate the bed from the rest of the room. The length of this curtain is too long and the bottom 4 inches drape along the floor, causing a tripping hazard. This hazard is especially a risk to children, the elderly, and those with vision impairments.

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For example an elderly person might get their foot caught in the bottom of the curtain and trip, possibly breaking bones or hitting their head.

To reduce this risk, the curtain needs to be replaced with one of suitable length; until then, it should be tucked away when not in use.

Shelf: On the shelf on the wall of the Doctor’s office there are sample pots of patients’ bodily fluids (blood, saliva, urine etc.) that are waiting to be sent off for lab testing. This is not only unappealing for patients in the room to look at, it is also a ...

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