Creating a Safety Checklist For Your Nurse
Now that you’ve hired a private nurse, having a safety checklist on hand is highly beneficial. Even though the nurse may meet all of the professional requirements and expectations in order to adequately take care of your Special Needs child, it is advisable and even necessary to have safety protocols in place. It makes sense for a number of reasons, such as the following:
Emphasizing Existing Medical Conditions
Your child most likely has various medical conditions, such as allergies, that need to be noted. As a reference guide, the nurse can refer to the Safety Checklist when wondering what food to provide and so forth. Not alerting them to existing medical conditions can result in improper treatment or confusion as to certain symptoms that may arise. A nurse should cater their treatment of the child in a more personalized manner based upon this information.
Who to Contact in Case of an Emergency
If an emergency develops outside of the control of the nurse as far as treatment and care, he or she should have the contact information of the nearest hospital, the child’s insurance, as well as various emergency contact numbers if you’re not reachable for any reason. There should be at least two emergency contacts.
Reminders of Daily Scheduling Routines, ETC…
The nurse should always have a reference guide as to the child’s schedule, such as special education classes, regular schooling, and various treatment times. There should be specified information as to where the child is expected to be, both to ensure that all appointments are met and that no unauthorized events occur. This aspect of the list is particularly relevant if the nurse is often left alone with the child.
What to Include
As for what to include in a Safety Checklist, below lists the essential information, though you can certainly add anything that you feel is necessary:
• Full Name of the Child
• Preexisting Medical Conditions
• Emergency Contact Information (Name / Relationship to Child / Phone Number)
• Physician / Doctor Contact
• Nearest Hospital
• Insurance Information
• Any Additional Details
A Safety Checklist will minimize the risks associated with treating your child. It can even act as a reference for you as well and can save crucial time in case of an emergency. It’s not indicative of the nurse’s qualifications or the quality of care given. Instead, it’s a prevention method that will allow the nurse to perform at a more efficient and effective level. As the old adage goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry!