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CHILD SAFETY GUIDE

This Guide is to assist you in increasing home safety awareness and increasing alertness to potential problems. To download the information below, please click here.

To quickly access specific safety information, click on the links below. Safety: Fire, Electrical, Burns Safety: Poisoning Safety: Suffocation and Aspiration Safety: Bodily Injury Safety: Falls Infection Control & Universal Precautions in the Home

Safety: Fire, Electrical, Burns

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Safety: Poisoning

Throw away expired medications – DO NOT USE! Post the Poison Control Number near telephone: 1-800-222-1222

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Safety: Suffocation and Aspiration

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Safety: Bodily Injury

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Safety: Falls

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INFECTION CONTROL & UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS IN THE HOME

By using simple methods, you can decrease the chance of spreading germs between the patient and family members.

Hand Washing

Family/caregivers should wash hands before and after patient contact, before meals, after bathroom use and after handling articles. Antibacterial liquid should be used if no running water is available. Gloves are recommended when having contact with blood and any other bodily secretions. Hands should be washed after removal of gloves.

Handling of Equipment

Equipment should be cleaned on a regular basis. Soiled supplies and equipment are to be cleaned immediately.

Waste Disposal

Flushable waste includes stool, urine, blood, and any other patient excretions and secretions.  Items heavily contaminated with blood or bodily substances are double bagged in a leak-proof plastic bag, tied securely and discarded with the rest of household garbage. Supplies such as diapers, incontinence pads, dressing supplies, gloves, etc. are to be double bagged in a leak-proof plastic bag, tied securely and placed with household garbage.

Housekeeping Guidelines

Provide an environment that is safe for everyone. Utilize common sense practices. A diluted bleach solution (1 tablespoon bleach to each cup water) can be used for cleaning floors, sink, commode, etc. Keep room well ventilated. Cleaning and removal of soiled articles should be done routinely.

Laundry

Machine wash linens and other patient laundry in hot soapy water and, if appropriate add a cup of household bleach. If washing machine is not available, soak soiled linen in hot water containing bleach (1 tablespoon bleach to each cup of water) for 15 to 20 minutes. Dryers are preferred if available.

Pets

Keep pets out of the room while performing any procedure.

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