Iím sorry that you see it that way. I see it as a slow change. It is always good to create a safe policy but it is often difficult to implement. With constant budget changes and daily changes some leadership have other things that are a priority but we know that they are working toward the goal of safety always. I think it unrealistic to believe that you can enact change with a policy overnight.
I know that Iím old but I remember when we only used gloves with an isolation patient. The change to wear gloves with any procedure was a slow one that was instituted in the early 90ís with the advent of HIV/AIDS. Even with this danger in the field the continued use didnít really come into fruition until the mid 90ís. I know that if you were to tell a young nurse working in direct patient care today that we didnít wear gloves when I started working they would cringe.
Some things take a while.
Kate Miller, RN
Caregiver Health Nurse
541-706-4771 (office) 541-706-2694 (fax)
St. Charles Health System 2500 NE Neff Road Bend OR 97701 www.stcharleshealthcare.org
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Subject: [MCOH-EH] Safety procedures
Safety procedures either increase safety and should therefore be followed and enforced, or the procedure is bad and it should be re-evaluated, rewritten or abandoned.
I don't understand how one can be comfortable with a safety procedure that isn't followed. This is fake safety. Is the idea to just have a procedure so one can say they have a procedure, or is the idea to actually help protect workers, even if that means protecting them from themselves.
If workers can't see through their non-prescription safety glasses then one cannot be serious that "wear your safety glasses" is a realistic policy.
Similarly I have noticed workers peeking out from under face shields because they can't see clearly through the shield. This is another example of fake safety.
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