Maintaining a safe environment
The skills required for maintaining a safe environment cover a wide range of activities. Some of the activities within this chapter explain how to examine and monitor a client’s condition, thus maintaining their personal safety and well-being, whilst others are concerned with maintaining the safety and well-being of self, colleagues and visitors as well as of clients.
These activities generally fall into one of two categories: those issues that are related to the internal environment, for example blood pressure monitoring, and those concerned with the external environment, for example fire.
The reader is reminded to consult the Department of Health’s six benchmarks for best practice: http://www.doh.gov.uk/essenceofcare)
when caring for clients with mental health needs.
The factors that may affect maintenance of a safe environment may be: