Safety in numbers.
No, it's not that the seniors are banding together in "wilding" sprees, or that teams of rogue CNAs are short-sheeting resident beds. It's that if the appropriate attention is not paid to a number of things like providing adequate skin care, defending against elopement, proper transferring, nutrition, clear communication, and even employee screening, accidents and injury can occur.
In her article, "Who's monitoring resident health?," which starts on page 7 in this special supplement to Contemporary Long Term Care, Janice Olson, RN, MS, MEd, writes about the valuable role CNAs play in maintaining a healthy watch over residents. Their most important tools in the arsenal designed to keep residents safe: their eyes and ears.
Contributing writer Rachel Long uses a four-letter word to get our attention: Risk. In her article, "Increasing safety, managing risk," she explains how a heightened awareness of where potential problems lie can be your strongest ally in ensuring your residents' well being. Her commentary on good planning is a great place to start; her reference to the importance of criminal background checks makes for a compelling read.
Since you can't be expected to do it alone, Long writes about the value of forming a safety committee in your facility and the six critical duties it should perform.
In "Safe passages," Robert Volzer tells how to lose the institutional look without sacrificing safety. He gives us a look at his architectural firm's award-winning Kirkhaven Nursing Home (see page 21), noted for its renovation of a nurse's station/support area with the intent of eliminating a linear, institutional feeling in favor of an open layout.
As seen by the diversity of avenues from which we have approached this topic, safety is everybody's business.
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher
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