Mitigating Continuous Risk at Your Hospital: Training

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Training is arguably the most critical component to mitigate risk at your hospital. Timely training reduces the amount of safety related incidents and creates a safer facility for not only patients, but staff as well. Whether it be a slip, trip or fall concern, or reducing illness for staff, training will help to mitigate most risks. Training is knowledge and knowledge is power, power over your safety and security concerns.

Out-of-date training means an increased risk for injury, illness, legal implications, etc. for staff, patients, and visitors. The easiest way to avoid this risk is to keep training up-to-date. It can be difficult to organize training for each staff member in your hospital, but technology can be beneficial in that area. Technology such as Rapid Responder has the ability to set reminders for training that automatically sends the reminders to designated recipients of expiring or out-of-date training.

The type of training that is done is also critical to risk mitigation. Training should be done on everything in the facility, not just the most important or widely seen cases. Things like medical waste and blood borne pathogens are popular topics, but topics like prison patients may be rarely discussed. Train staff on all risks, not just the most common ones.

Training in a healthcare setting needs to be timely. Things are constantly changing in the medical field and allowing training to lapse could have serious consequences. To stay timely, utilize electronic logs that send reminders before a training riskexpires and offer continuous training’s throughout the year for those who need to refresh. By offering different sessions throughout the year, staff have the opportunity to not only stay up-to-date, but to also refresh themselves on the material if they have forgotten it or are confused.

This week we have been dealing with how to mitigate the many continuous risks that hospitals face like fire, illnesses, natural disasters, etc. Training is your one simple solution that effectively mitigates many of your risks. By either increasing the training you offer, or increasing the effectiveness of it, you are mitigating risk to other parts of your facility as well. It not only provides staff with knowledge of patient safety, it also provides them with tools to effectively handle incidents and emergencies.

Training is a tried and true method to effectively mitigating risk for any facility, but especially for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Make a goal this year to work on risk mitigation through training of your staff. Not only is training cost effective, it is also a proven method to reduce safety and security concerns. How will you use training for risk mitigation at your hospital?

 

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