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Electrical Safety

Most equipment in the healthcare setting is electric. For example, ECG machines, bedside monitors, anesthesia machines, ventilators, and incubators all run on electricity.

Patients and staff are often in contact with these devices. Therefore, electric shock is always a risk in the healthcare setting.

This course will teach you:

  • The basics of electricity
  • How and why electric shock occurs
  • How to identify and report electrical hazards
  • How to prevent electrical accidents

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Answer questions about the basics of electricity
  • Explain how electric shock occurs
  • List potential electrical injuries
  • List factors affecting the likelihood and severity of electric shock and injury
  • Identify what to do if you spot an electric hazard
  • List what to look for during an equipment check
  • List what to do before performing maintenance on an electric device
  • List safety guidelines for power cords and outlets
  • List best practices for protecting patients from electric shock
  • Explain how the Joint Commission expects facilities to prepare for electrical power loss