Archive Employee & Patient Safety 2012

Stay on Your Feet

Rethinking routines and seeking staff input will eliminate slipping and tripping hazards.

Lisa Moschkau

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Our center saw as many as 6 employee falls a year in the early 2000s, with most occurring on slippery OR floors. Some even resulted in a few lost-time injuries. But when we refocused efforts to address slips, trips and falls, we recorded only a single employee fall each year during the second half of the decade. Keep your surgical team on safe footing by re-emphasizing the importance of fall prevention and keeping floors clear of obvious — and not-so-obvious — obstacles.

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