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Occupational Hazards and General Safety

The home health and hospice environment has many hazards. The types and prevalence of hazards in home and hospice care may differ from those in ambulatory or acute care. If safeguards are not put in place, these hazards can lead to:

  • Injury
  • Illness
  • Time lost from work
  • Lawsuits
  • Poor accreditation reviews

On the other hand, staff commitment to safety policies and procedures can help:

  • Minimize hazards
  • Maximize safety

This course will teach you:

  • How to identify and define different types of hazards
  • How to identify staff at risk for exposure to each hazard
  • How to safeguard against different types of hazards

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define different types of hazards that a health provider needs to be aware of in a home health and hospice setting
  • List examples of each type of hazard that a health provider needs to be aware of in a home health and hospice setting
  • Identify factors that contribute to certain home health/hospice hazards that affect patient safety
  • Describe methods of guarding against the different hazards in the home health/hospice setting that promote positive patient outcomes