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Learning outcomes descriptions 4.3.a

Competence development step (VQTS):

4.3.a Is able to promote a healthy, safe environment and implement related measures.    

Competence (EQF)SkillsKnowledge

The professional caregiver is able to autonomously and independently secure the occupational environment and carry out health promoting measures while recognising their own needs and those of others.

The professional caregiver is able to:
  • orient themselves within the department and the institution,
  • avoid confusion with liquids (e.g. reset disinfectant agents after use to the storage location),
  • act on principles of own safety when transporting patients/clients (e.g. use fixing brakes, take care of own health in tight spaces),
  • assess whether they can care for patients/clients on their own or whether assistance from other professionals is needed (e.g. for mobilisation),
  • check functioning of aids used (e.g. bed lifters),
  • transport and store materials according to specifications (e.g. medical instruments in adjoining rooms, infusion solutions placed in a safe place),
  • identify and report significant risks to health and safety (e.g. in case of damaged sockets and extension cables),
  • apply principles of ergonomic work (e.g. to use equipment and tools),
  • apply principles of kinesthetics,
  • decide if a device may be used (e.g. availability of introductory instruction),
  • choose appropriate workwear (e.g. wear closed shoes, change contaminated professional clothes),
  • operate kitchen appliances safely (e.g. switch off the stove after use),
  • apply measures against thermal hazards (e.g. use water with appropriate temperature, do not expose ice packs to the skin unprotected),
  • apply measures to protect themselves from noise, radiation, unpleasant lighting,
  • apply measures to protect themselves from exposure if they suffer from specific diseases (e.g. avoid exposure to creams containing lanolin if they suffer from neurodermitis, use special gloves if they are allergic to latex),
  • identify and report changes in the condition and behaviour of patients/clients who endanger their own safety,
  • trigger resuscitation calls and fire alarms (see also CA.3.6),
  • handle open flames safely (e.g. when using candles),
  • support and motivate others to maintain a tidy and safe environment (e.g. patients/clients, visitors, other professionals),
  • apply safety regulations regarding service rooms and medicine cabinets (e.g. keep them locked),
  • secure accident scenes,
  • apply procedures to remove people from danger areas while ensuring their own safety,
  • assess whether working time regulations are being respected,
  • consciously accept or reject responsibility (e.g. for patients/clients, for work outside their area of responsibility),
  • apply relevant guidelines in the event of work accidents,
  • promote occupational health (e.g. participate in supervision and coaching, regular appointments with the occupational physician),
  • keep escape routes free,
  • apply necessary protective vaccinations.

The professional caregiver is able to:

  • describe the necessity of a safe environment and the danger of accidents,
  • name the national emergency number and the number within the facility,
  • name biological risk factors for safety (e.g. vulnerability, microbiological risk factors),
  • name chemical risk factors for safety (e.g. disinfection agents),
  • name risk factors that could lead to accidents,
  • name reasons for restricting patients/clients (e.g. danger to oneself and to the others),
  • explain safety behaviour when transporting patients/clients (e.g. using brakes, take care of own fingers in tight spaces),
  • describe how they pay attention to their own safety while transferring patients/clients (e.g. from bed to wheelchair by means of bed lifters, manually from the wheelchair to the toilet),
  • describe the effect of rest and sleep and of the day and night rhythm on the state of health,
  • describe circumstances in which the care of patients/clients requires several professionals (e.g. increased safety risks in aggressive patients/clients, extremely obese patients/clients),
  • name requirements for transportation and storage of materials (e.g. dry and securely packaged, stored in fixed shelves),
  • name hazards connected to electrical wiring,
  • describe the principles of ergonomic working procedures,
  • explain the concept of kinesthetics,
  • name typical diseases of care professionals which can be traced back to work (e.g. disc prolapse),
  • describe the risks associated with the use of non-instructional equipment (e.g. legal consequences),
  • describe the need for adequate workwear (e.g. solid shoes),
  • name effects of noise (e.g. stress),
  • explain how to deal with accidents at work,
  • explain the special need to look after their own health if they suffer from specific diseases (e.g. using special gloves if they are allergic to latex),
  • name situations that require a call for assistance (e.g. fall by patient/client),
  • describe circumstances leading to the triggering of first aid calls and fire alarms,
  • describe handling and hazards of open flames (e.g. near oxygen devices),
  • name causes of fire,
  • describe the effects of a safe environment on the state of health,
  • explain the closed storage of medicines regarding safety,
  • name working time rules,
  • explain the concept of responsibility,
  • explain behaviour when dealing with injuries,
  • name the working area of occupational physicians,
  • describe the effects of exercise and sport on health,
  • explain the contribution of protective vaccines to protecting themselves against infection.

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