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Health and Safety

Implement procedures and protocols to promote the health and wellness of person receiving supports, care, or services.

Critical Work Functions

  • Observe and implement appropriate actions to promote healthy and safe living and to prevent illness and accidents, and spread of infectious disease
    • Monitor and support individual's physical and mental health including level of comfort, satisfaction, nutritional requirements, and vital signs
      • Use basic technical and medical terminology appropriately
        • Provide assistance to take or (self-administer) medications accurately and in accordance with physician prescription, policies and procedures
          • Understand and recognize maltreatment issues
            • Prevent abuse and neglect by being aware of signs and symptoms of abuse
              • Recognize when those served may pose a danger to self or others and take appropriate action
                • Comply with relevant safety standards and regulations
                  • Respond to emergencies by notifying appropriate staff or outside agencies, if alone, call emergency services
                    • Use appropriate first aid/safety procedures when responding to emergencies
                      Technical Content Areas

                      • Basic anatomy and physiology
                        • Understand and apply the knowledge of body systems and their functions
                      • Medical terms, abbreviations, acronyms
                        • Understand and use terminology appropriately
                      • Health and Disease - Common Signs and Symptoms
                        • Physical disabilities and health concerns related to physical limitations
                        • Major developmental disabilities
                        • Behavioral and emotional illness (mental illness, chemical abuse)
                      • Issues related to Aging
                        • Aging process and concerns related to related physical and mental limitations
                        • Grieving the loss of loved ones
                        • Death and dying
                      • Medication
                        • Dosages
                        • Side effects
                      • Maltreatment Issues
                        • Incident reporting
                        • Notifying appropriate parties in and outside the facility
                        • Role of the Ombudsman
                      • Safe Health Practices
                        • Disease and infection prevention and control
                        • Correct hand hygiene and washing
                        • Hazardous materials
                        • Proper methods for cleanup and disposal of waste products (sharps, biohazard materials, barrier attire)
                        • Documentation and reporting requirements after exposure incidents
                      • Safety Standards and Regulations:
                        • Safety signs, symbols, and labels
                        • Workplace hazards and dangers
                      • Emergency Procedures and Protocols:
                        • Injury and crisis prevention
                        • First aid procedures
                        • CPR/Defibrillator and protocols
                        • Emergency preparedness
                      • Personal Health and Personal Safety:
                        • Maintain proper immunizations
                        • Apply principles of body mechanics and ergonomics
                        • Use personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, gowns, etc.)