Director Of The Oregon Health Authority Patrick Allen Repeated Matteucci’s Remarks Regarding The Significance Of Worker And Patient Safety

Oregon State Hospital (OSH) has been informed by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) that the hospital will get 3 citations for breaches in the areas of documentation, complete investigation, and reaction in relation to workplace violence and injuries. The hospital was also alerted by Oregon-OSHA to three additional problems that, if not handled, could arise in the future regarding the same subjects.

β€œOne of our guiding principles at the hospital is to ensure the safety of both our patients and our staff,” OSH Superintendent Dolly Matteucci said. β€œOur staff deserve to come to work each day without the fear of being hurt. We know we have more work to do, and we know more thorough investigation of incidents will help us learn from what happened and prevent future occurrences.”

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen echoedΒ  Matteucci’s statement about the importance of staff and patient safety.

β€œMembers of our hospital staff are getting injured while caring for patients, and that is not acceptable,” Allen said. We must do better, and we will do better. We appreciate what the Oregon-OSHA violations bring to light, we will continue to partner with our hospital staff to find additional ways to prevent workplace violence.”

Director Of The Oregon Health Authority Patrick Allen Repeated Matteucci's Remarks Regarding The Significance Of Worker And Patient Safety
Director Of The Oregon Health Authority Patrick Allen Repeated Matteucci’s Remarks Regarding The Significance Of Worker And Patient Safety

In order to lessen workplace violence, OSH had already begun to take proactive operational changes before the Oregon-OSHA investigation. Among the tasks being done are:

  • Program for the Prevention of Workplace Violence – SAIF Corporation has employed a workplace violence prevention expert to collaborate with OSH. That conversation got started last month. It is anticipated that the work will produce further ideas for lowering workplace violence and enhancing employee safety.
  • Implementation of the Broset Violence Checklist (BVC) – The BVC is a risk assessment instrument based on research that helps identify patients who are likely to engage in aggressive conduct in the upcoming 24 hours.
  • Training: The Safe Together team is facilitating staff members’ attendance in exercises, training opportunities, and consultations.

The patient population has recently changed, which is one aspect influencing changes at OSH. Patients who need “Aid and Assist” are more prone to present behavioral problems while waiting for medicine and other treatments to take effect. Additionally, staff and patients have dealt with variable staffing, Covid-19 limits, and other outside pressures.

OSH anticipates receiving the formal Oregon-OSHA report within the next two to three weeks.

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