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Clinical staff members are not washing their hands between patients
Hand washing is one of the most important procedures for preventing infections. Health care workers hands are mostly contaminated after activities such as cleaning wounds, cleaning patient’s excrement and touching contaminated surfaces in patient’s rooms. Bacteria from these activities can cause infections to other patients being handled by the health worker, to the health workers and even death in postpartum women during child delivery. To prevent these hospital-associated infections improving hygiene in the patient’s rooms and practicing hand washing regularly after every encounter with a patient especially after being exposed to bodily fluids, before and after contact with a patient and their surrounding will go a long way. Hospitals should provide more hand rub dispensers and create awareness to make hand washing a hard-wired habit.
Employees are not knowledgeable in the use of fire extinguishers
Almost all buildings are fitted with fire extinguishers in case of fire incidents but unless the employees know how to use them they are on no use to them. As much as every building has a fire extinguisher very few people are trained or ever used a fire extinguisher. Only a handful of people can operate a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire breakout. Employers should provide training sessions to their employees to make them familiar with the steps and principles of using fire extinguishers, they should also be conversant with the PASS acronym as a way to remember the steps in using a fire extinguisher and know where to find them. Fire engines might take time to arrive at fire incidents and having these skills will help reduce and prevent the spread and damage caused by the fire.
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