Health and Social Care Level 3 Essay

785 Words Aug 31st, 2013 4 Pages
Unit 3 P1

In my assignment I will be creating a poster which explains potential hazards and the harm that may arise from them in a health care setting.

What is a hazard? A hazard is a Dangerous risk that can occur anywhere.

What is a potential hazard? A potential hazard is a hazard what might be there but has not happened just yet.

Equipment hazards can be things such as hoists which can be a big hazard as the hoists could get in the way and a service user could trip and cause them an injury. Another hazard would be wearing gloves because if the staff didn’t wear gloves whilst they were treating a patient they would carry the infection to another patient, which could cause them to be severely ill or worse even
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Abuse is a big hazard in the nursing home setting for example a member of staff could be secretly treating the patient with disrespect by calling them names, not washing them, and hurting them physically. This could lead the patient feeling worthless, upset and angry which would affect the patient emotionally and physically and may cause them to stop eating.

Poor staff training
Poor staff training is where a member of staff has received low amount of training they are required to have in their job, for example the staff member may not have been told how to use a hoist which could be dangerous to the patient because if the staff didn’t use the equipment properly it could put the patient in a dangerous position by falling out of the hoist another example could be communication. It is important to have effective communication in a health and social care role as the patients are needed care which will require communication between the staff and patient to meet the service user’s needs.

Poor working conditions
Poor working conditions is where a member of staff is working in a condition which is unacceptable to work in such as mould on the walls which could cause the service users to become ill another example could be if the rooms were cold, the service users could become severely ill causing pneumonia or death.

Environmental – Environmental means that it has an aim to
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