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Health and social care unit 1 m1 criteria Essay

In health and social care, there are many legislations, policies and procedures you have to abide by in order to maintain a lawfully and safe run setting. After watching the clip of Holby City, I noticed a few legislations, policies and procedures, being followed and being breached. Policies and procedures in a hospital are put in place in order to promote the health and safety of individuals.

When watching the clip, I had noticed that Archie’s step dad was not allowed to enter the operating room or take part in the operation. This is because if in the operating room anything would have happened to Archie, the step dad would have felt at fault. Also he could have felt like Archie’s life was in his hands and would have or could have made a quick reaction mistake, thinking he was doing something extra to help when in reality he could have made things worse. We also see medical staff wearing appropriate clothing to minimise risks of cross contamination. They were wearing, face masks, aprons and head covers.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
When watching the Holby City clip, I noticed that all medical staff were clothed accordingly, when operating on the child (Archie) and whilst preparing medicines and following procedures for the child in their care. Face masks, aprons and head covers were worn, to stop spread of germs, bacteria, illnesses or diseases. PPE is put in place in order to reduce the risks of cross contamination.

During the Holby City clip, I noticed that all staff were wearing ID badges and that all doors were security coded. In also had noticed that all the patients notes were handled with care and not just left on the side. There was always a member of the medical tam holding on to the notes so that they were not seen by anybody who did not need to have a glimpse of the notes.

Legislations, laws, acts and regulations are put in place for all workplaces to abide by lawfully =. They are put into practice to protect all individuals.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
This regulation is put in place to ensure that any substances and chemicals are handled and disposed of correctly. In the Holby City clip, this regulation was breached. We see one of the nurse’s droop and mix up two different types of medications. The nurse did not act on the issue appropriately, which the later led to Archie’s death. The wrong medication was given to the patient, which meant that he was taking a lethal dose of the wrong medication.

Medications should have been prepared in a medication dispensary, if the medication was prepared in the dispensary, the risks of the medicines being swapped would have been reduced. She wouldn’t have been as pressured as she was in the clients resting room and wouldn’t have acted in a pressured way. The nurse also didn’t report the incident that occurred.

If she reported the incident, she and the other medical staff could have acted accordingly; the medication would have been disposed of appropriately and then prepared again with caution. Then they could have found a way of then reducing the risk of happening again. This was an act of omission that she had committed.

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