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From The CriticsReviewer: Eileen G. Hill, RN, BSN (The Shores Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Institute)
Description: This is a new book written as a comprehensive guide for the management of environmental care and safety issues encountered by long-term care facilities and specialty care units as they strive to meet Joint Commission requirements.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a review of basic plant, safety, and security procedures and to identify potential hazardous situations that are vital to the delivery of healthcare to residents of long-term care facilities. Because it is written by the Joint Commission, this comprehensive guide offers ways to design, staff, and equip facilities so that resident rights and care needs are top priority.
Audience: Although written for maintenance supervisors and facility administrators, this book is also for housestaff who need to be updated on environmental care requirements. Continuing education of all staff in areas of safety and security is an ongoing process.
Features: This book is concise, well organized, and easy to read. Each chapter ends with a summary that re-emphasizes important issues. There are a variety of illustrative charts, graphs, figures, and flow sheets that provide an overall picture of how environmental issues affect resident care. References are updated and easily found.
Assessment: This is a very useful guide for long-term care and special care units who are working to achieve Joint Commission Accreditation. Residents' rights and care needs must be taken into account by those addressing environmental issues like safety, equipment use, and security procedures. By eliminating the guesswork, this book helps long-term care facilities focus on specific requirements set by the Joint Commission and thus provide improved quality resident care.