Risk Management

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 609
  • Published : March 3, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
Hand Washing
Lela Dillard
NUR/492
2-18-13
Linda Westermann

Hand Washing
Organizations use risk management to minimize events, which will cause some form of liability to a part of that organization. The health care setting risks range from tragic events, slips, and fall injuries, infections, and wrongful deaths. Risk management determines what risks occur and puts strategies in place to minimize those risks. Quality management in risk management protects patient, staff, and the hospital. It helps identify red flags within patient care needing improvements and provides a sense of comfort knowing patient care is a priority, which allows the organization a competitive edge over other facilities. The risk management process includes five steps; identification, analysis, control/treatment, implementation, and to monitor the results. The process identifies potential problems for accidental loss, examine, and implement techniques, and monitor the techniques for effectiveness. The organizations reputation, objectives, and reduction of financial loss can run efficiently using risk management.

Medical hygiene relates to the hygiene practices related to the administration of medicine and medical care aimed at preventing or minimizing the spread of disease. Hand washing cleanses the hands of pathogens and chemicals preventing the spread of further harm or disease. Good hand hygiene is a major factor in preventing the spread of illness in the health care environment.

The United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners infection control program plan. The plan consists of medical staff, chairperson, infection control staff, and members. They have the authority to make the appropriate measures if an infectious hazard is anticipated or identified. The infection control committee routinely can identify an analysis the incidence, which caused the infectious diseases within the organization by developing and implementing the plan for surveillance, prevention, and control of infection hazards. The organizations responsibilities are

1. To maintain a vested multidisciplinary infection control committee to monitor

the infection control program.

2. The committee must meet quarterly to formulate and review the

organizations policies regarding the infection control program.

3. The committees strategies will prevent, identify, and control infections
introduced or acquired inside the organization.

4. The committee decides the type of surveillance, reporting program, and the

criterion for reporting of infections.
The plan monitors the structure and activities for prevention, surveillance, and control of infections within staff, patient’s, others. Infection control staff (IC) will maintain oversight with compliance of hand hygiene with hand washing as indicated by the Center of disease Control and Prevention. Infection control, pharmacy, and central supply keeps record of the amount of alcohol-based hand hygiene products to areas of the organizations on a monthly basis. The report is sent to the governing body and infection control committee quarterly. The infection control staff and the nurse manager will monitor 10 staff members monthly for hand hygiene compliance and the report go to infection control to observe for compliance. They have posters throughout the organization reminding everyone about proper hand hygiene.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services have a web site for hand washing, such as public service announcements, campaigns, community guide, online print order forms for hand washing and infection prevention materials. They explain the importance of hand washing at home, work, school, and healthcare setting to prevent fatal infections from spreading. The questions answered are What the best way to is wash my hands? When should I wash my hands? What is the best way to wash my hands? What kind of...
tracking img