Caregiver Self Protection

Safe Patient Assessment

Learn how to protect yourself while working in a healthcare environment. Before providing care to any patient, it is important to dress for safety and complete a patient assessment to lower the risk of injury.

Know Your Patient:

  • Prior to your visit or work assignment make sure to read patient charts and speak with co-workers who work with the patient.
  • Conduct your own assessment of the patient at the time of care to ensure that is consistent with prior patient behavior.
  • Look for signs of agitation such as clinching fists, flush face, loud or confusing speech, or possible impairment from medications or alcohol. 

Download the Ergo Bulletin for the complete information and tips.