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Stay On Your Toes
Prevent slips, trips and falls in the surgical workplace.
David Bernard
Publish Date: September 19, 2014   |  Tags:   Staff Safety
tripping on uncontrolled cords TRIPPED UP Uncontrolled cords are a side effect of surgical technology.

Ensuring the safety of patients who are considered fall risks is likely high on your priority list. But you might overlook the risks your employees face as they run an obstacle course of fluid-slick floors and tangled equipment cords. Don't wait until a slip, trip or fall happens to take action. Educate yourself now on on-the-floor hazards with the following quiz.

An employee who suffers musculoskeletal injuries presents staffing, business, legal and quality of care issues in addition to occupational health concerns.

a. trueb. false

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Health care is second only to construction work in its incidence rate of lost-work injuries resulting from slips, trips and falls.

a. trueb. false

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Which type of injury is responsible for the most lost workdays among healthcare employees?

a. needlesticks or other sharps injuries
b. carpal tunnel syndrome
c. slips, trips or falls
d. overexertion

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When employees suffer slip, trip and fall injuries, which body parts do they injure most often?

a. head or neckc. lower extremities
b. back or torsod. upper extremities

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What is the leading cause of slips, trips and falls in the healthcare workplace?

a. failure to wear shoe covers
b. cords stretched across walkways
c. contaminants on the floor
d. texting while walking

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Which of the following is not recommended for safer maintenance of wet floors?

a. installing drains in the OR floor
b. placing warning signs after mopping
c. acquiring a direct-to-drain waste disposal system
d. directing staff to wear non-slip footwear

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Installing equipment booms in your ORs can help your facility prevent slips, trips and falls.

a. trueb. false

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