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Learning outcomes descriptions 4.3.a

Competence development step (VQTS):
4.3.a    To be able to promote a health promoting and safe environment and to implement related measures.    
  
Competence SkillsKnowledge

The professional caregiver is autonomously and self-responsibly able to secure the occupational environment and to carry out health promoting measures while recognising one’s own needs and those of the 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 patient’s/client’s (e.g. use fixing brakes, take care of own health in tight spaces),
  • assess whether patient’s/client’s can be cared for alone or that assistance from other professionals is needed (e.g. for mobilisation),
  • check functioning of used aids (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 one’s own from noise, radiation, unpleasant lightning,
  • apply measures to protect one’s own from exposure when having specific diseases (e.g. avoid exposing one’s own to creams containing wool wax when suffering with neurodermitis, use special gloves when intolerance to latex),
  • identify and report changes in the condition and behaviour of patient’s/client’s who endanger one’s own safety,
  • trigger resuscitation calls and fire alarms (see also CA.3.6),
  • handle open light safely (e.g. when using candles),
  • support and motivate others in maintaining a tidy and safe environment (e.g. patient’s/client’s, 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 taking care of the own live,
  • assess the respecting of working time regulations,
  • consciously accept or reject responsibility (e.g. for patient’s/client’s, for work outside the 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 the safety (e.g. vulnerability, microbiological risk factors),
  • name chemical risk factors for the safety (e.g. disinfection agents),
  • name risk factors that could lead to accidents,
  • name reasons for restrictive measures of patient’s/client’s (e.g. danger to oneself and to the others),
  • explain safety behaviour when transporting patient’s/client’s (e.g. using brakes, take care of own fingers in tight spaces),
  • describe the behaviour about one’s own safety while transferring patient’s/client’s (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 patient’s/client’s is required by several professionals (e.g. increased safety risks in aggressive patient’s/client’s, highly obese patient’s/client’s),
  • name requirements for transportation and storage of materials (e.g. dry and securely packaged, stored in fixed shelves),
  • name hazards connected to electrical wirings,
  • 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 the dealing with accidents at work,
  • explain the special need for protection of one’s own when suffering with specific sicknesses (e.g. use special gloves when intolerance to latex),
  • name situations that requires a call for assistance (e.g. falling of the patient’s/client’s),
  • describe circumstances leading to the triggering of first aid calls and fire alarms,
  • describe handling and hazards of open light (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 one’s own infection protection.

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