Medication management in Care

Working in a care home, or indeed in any domiciliary care role will require you to understand the principles of medication management.  While the focus of any care role is on the patient, you are also responsible for the care of others in their locale.  The onus ultimately is on you and mistakes with medicine can be fatal. This article looks at medication management and explains how the management of any prescribed or over the counter medicine is an important aspect of the job.

Patients are in care because they require a level of support.  This support may be in the form of physical support, such as moving a patient  or it may be emotional support.  In health and social care, it is important to remember at all times that no two patients are the same – some may have mobility issues, some chronic illness and others may need help with simple tasks that others take for granted. Continue reading “Medication management in Care”

Effective communication for managers – tips to communicate effectively

Why do some managers get compliance as soon as they ask the question? Why do some supervisors find they have to repeat themselves constantly? Why do some people get the point straight away and others need to be repeatedly reminded?  This article offers 4 ways to successfully communicate your message – effective communication for managers.

“The effectiveness of communication is not defined by the communication, but by the response.” – Milton Erickson (American Pyschologist)

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First aid for sport – why sports coaches need sports first aid training

first aid for sport - trainer with injured trainee
first aid for sport – sports coach with injured trainee

The life of a sports coach is varied and challenging. The aim is to develop the talents of the individual athlete while addressing any physical requirements. Although coaching roles vary according to the specific sport, all require a sound understanding of basic first aid from the side-lines. This article addresses the general aspects of first aid for sport, whether you are a football coach, a track and field specialist, a physiotherapist, or a match official. Continue reading “First aid for sport – why sports coaches need sports first aid training”

RSI symptoms – Repetitive Stress Injury in the workplace

Our working life often dictates how we live our lives, a necessity for most, it pays the bills and then hopefully a life beyond that.  Unfortunately, due to modern technology and working conditions, some people take home more than they bargained for.  Serious long-term conditions can arise from incorrect work practices, such as RSI and Tinnitus.  This three-part series of work-related health focuses on RSI symptoms and how the effects can be negated in the workplace.

RSI symptoms - repetitive strain injury
RSI symptoms – Repetitive Strain Injury can be a long-term serious condition

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Baby first aid – emergency care for your babies health

Basic First Aid (Baby first aid) for Parents of Babies

As parents of a baby, the last thing you want to consider is your baby being in a critical condition. However, knowing basic first aid (baby first aid) techniques could make a crucial difference for your baby if an emergency situation does arise.

Surveys, carried out in 2015 by St John Ambulance, Findababysitter.com, The national “Save a Life Survey” and Mother & Baby Magazine, have revealed some shocking results.

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Care Home First Aid Courses

Life is unpredictable and emergencies can happen. Care homes are no different to other places of work and it is essential therefore to identify areas of risk and measures to counter them.  Sometimes, minor injuries can lead to major medical issues because proper care was not provided immediately. Therefore, first aid is a vital skill to learn when caring for others. Training can be a practical way of reducing risk with our care home first aid courses. Continue reading “Care Home First Aid Courses”

Legionella risk assessment

What is Legionnaires’ disease?

When people think of Legionnaires’ disease they don’t automatically associate it as a risk in the workplace. However as Legionella is a common bacteria it is sensible to undertake a Legionella risk assessment in any environment where heated water is present.

Legionella bacteria are a type of bacteria that are naturally found in natural water systems, e.g. rivers, lakes and ponds. It can pose a danger to humans if this bacterium finds its way into artificial water systems where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth.  Domestic and work appliances such as showers, water tanks, hot and cold water systems and spa pools are all examples of breeding grounds for Legionella. Continue reading “Legionella risk assessment”

Manual Handling of Patients

In the healthcare assistance industry, professionals may have to come across varying kinds of patients. Some are physically disabled and other mentally. Both situations can cause limitations in the extent of the patients’ mobility. On the other hand, there are situations where the patients are not exactly disabled but may need help moving around to reduce stress. This article covers the basics in relation to the manual handling of patients.

 

Manually handling of patients
Manual handling of patients

Moving and handling the patient is not always with supports like wheelchairs, walkers or sticks. In many cases, the healthcare assistant has to manually handle the patient. This may involve lifting, moving, turning, and more. It is not an easy task. While many may think that is a mere inconvenience but professional and passionate healthcare assistants hardly think about it. They know it is their job and they are kind enough to support a fellow human.

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Burn Injuries in the Workplace and how to treat them

No matter how effective our preventive measures may seem to be, accidents are bound to happen at the workplace. One of the most common types of accidents that occur in the workplace are burns, especially in chemical industries. Both electrical and chemical equipment can be sources of burn injuries in the workplace.

Burns tend to damage the skin due to the high temperatures. Anyone dealing with a burn victim is required to be extra careful to avoid inflicting further pain on the victim. When the burns aren’t severe, they can easily be treated with simple first aid. However, some burns may be too severe and even life- threatening which will require immediate medical attention as well as on the spot first aid.

All employees need to have sufficient knowledge on how to treat minor burns in the workplace and how to care for life-threatening burns until the time a medical expert will arrive and take over. They should be able to identify the difference between a minor and fatal burn. Continue reading “Burn Injuries in the Workplace and how to treat them”