Discuss Health, Safety or Security Concerns Arising from a Specific Incident or Emergency in a Health or Social Care Setting.

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Ravandeep Kaur (Group B) Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

M3: Discuss health, safety or security concerns arising from a specific incident or emergency in a health or social care setting. In a health and social care setting such as a hospital there are many incidents and emergencies that can occur, as I have already discussed in my P4. One emergency I have chosen to discuss in further detail is in the case of a ‘fire’, and the health, safety and security concerns that could arise in this situation. In the case of a fire, standard procedures and priorities include the evacuation of all individuals inside the building, i.e. the hospital. There are many concerns that
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As many of the service users within the hospital may already be in a vulnerable state, the exposure to smoke may worsen their condition if not addressed quickly. Some of the effects of smoke exposure to a service user already suffering from respiratory problems can include the inability to breathe normally, excessive cough with or without mucus, discomfort in the chest and wheezing or shortness of breath. All problems that can lead to more serious problems if not looked at and fixed as quickly as possible. Another problem that can occur during the case of a fire, can include a safety breach. When the fire alarm is set off inside the hospital it is important to follow the procedure and get everybody to
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Ravandeep Kaur (Group B) Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

evacuate the building. However there are many different floors, wards and sectors in a hospital, and a lot of people inside the hospital with different levels of ability to safely leave the hospital without the aid of others. This alone can be a safety issue, as service users within the hospital who may be less able to leave the premises on their own, may be kept waiting inside the potentially dangerous building longer than others which in turn leads to then being exposed to the smoke
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