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 Safety-Care® Infection Precautions for Physical Management

Updated July 24th, 2020

North America has experienced a pandemic of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). During the pandemic, we recommend that any organization using Safety-Care provide clear guidance to staff if there is the possibility that they might need to use physical management as an emergency intervention.

Keep in mind that different parts of the U.S. and Canada are experiencing different levels of risk, which means that precautions appropriate for some locations may differ than those best for other locations. We recommend consultation with medical professionals and compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

Precautions for the Individual in a Hold

Regardless of COVID-19 risk, Safety-Care has always strongly emphasized prevention and avoidance of restrictive procedures whenever possible. During the pandemic, adherence to a proactive and least restrictive approach is even more important. All of the tools in Safety-Care for prevention and de-escalation should be used by staff to avoid any need for physical management. In addition, we have the following recommendations.

Precautions for Staff

If a hold is necessary, it is important to minimize the risk of infection passing between the person in the hold and staff involved in the hold.

 

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