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5 Things You Learn About Electrical Accidents

     Hospitals use a lot of electricity every day as they have special needs. Electricity safety training is very important in hospitals because there are a large number of people who are at risk of being affected if an emergency occurs. Most of the electrical consumption is due to the use of heating, air condition, lighting, and so on. These facilities are used throughout the day, every day. Hospitals also use generators to keep all the equipment functioning in case of power cuts. All these systems are very sensitive and they need to be checked and serviced regularly.

Therefore, there is a greater chance of electrical accidents happening in hospital, if things are not taken care of properly. Here are five important things about electrical accidents in hospitals, which you will learn in an electrical safety training course.

In a hospital "electrical accidents" refers to explosion of flammable items and electric shocks, which may be caused due to malfunction of electrical equipment.

Certain departments of the hospital are at greater risk of having electrical accidents. For e.g. there are lots of electrical equipment items and devices utilized in intensive care units, operation theatres, and so on. Hence there is a higher chance of injury and death due to electric shock, here.

There are also some patients who are more at risk for electrical accidents than others. For instance, those patients who need their ECG (Electrocardiogram) measured regularly have electrode in the chambers of their heart, and therefore they may experience shock if the equipment malfunctions.

Regular checks must be conducted by a trained electrical professional. All the cables, wires, plugs, etc. must be inspected for damages. As the medical equipments are used continually, day in and day out, therefore they need to be inspected from time to time to check if they are in good working conditions. Even low voltage shocks can be dangerous for patients; hence all new medical equipment must be checked and tried before it is used on patients.

Hospitals must have a 'tag system', wherein all electrical equipment items that are found on inspection to be damaged or malfunctioning, must be 'tagged' or labeled, so that another employee will not use it by mistake. All 'tagged' must be taken for repair immediately. Hospital employees must not try to repair them by themselves or use shortcuts methods like tapes.

In hospitals, double adapters, extension leads, and other such devices must not be used in areas where patients are kept, as they tend to cause leakage of current and overload. Equipment that can measure and control current leakage must also be installed in place.

All these things are more will be taught to you in electrical safety training. Thus you can see why this training is so necessary for hospital employees. So many patients' lives are at risk and they cannot protect themselves in case of emergencies. Hence it is up to the employees to know what to do in the events of electrical accidents.

For more information, please visit our Texas HB 300 website.

For more information, please visit our Texas HB 300 website

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