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This risk assessment audit tool includes a template for long-term care, home care and community health support, and non-clinical areas.
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In long-term care it is increasingly apparent that who is on shift is just as important as how many staff are on shift. Quality care is difficult to achieve when we do not routinely engage with one another in a positive, or civil, manner.
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Leading from the Inside Out
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Guidelines & Regulations

Guidelines and Regulations

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WorkSafeBC’s healthcare and social services planned inspection initiative focuses on high-risk activities in the workplace that lead to serious injuries and time-loss claims.
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WorkSafeBC is releasing a discussion paper with proposed amendments to the Current Rehabilitation Services and Claims Manual that guide wage rate decisions related to short-term and long-term disability compensation. Recommended amendments include: These changes may affect your claims costs. Click here to view the proposed changes and offer feedback to WorkSafeBC – The deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, […]
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Scenario Exercises

COVID-19 Scenario Exercises

SafeCare BC has developed four COVID-19 scenario packages for use in the continuing care sector. They are intended to engage staff in evaluating their preparedness for a COVID-19 outbreak.

What is a scenario exercise and who is it for?

A scenario exercise is an activity that provides staff with an opportunity to discuss emergency events that could happen in their workplace and brainstorm potential responses.

SafeCare BC has developed four COVID-19 scenario packages for use in the continuing care sector. They are intended to engage staff in evaluating their preparedness for a COVID-19 outbreak. Organizations can use these scenarios to:

  • determine their readiness to respond to COVID-19 in the workplace
  • help staff understand their roles during a COVID-19 outbreak
  • identify gaps in existing procedures and/or processes
  • serve as a tool for improving existing plans, protocols, and procedures.

The provided packages are to be used by the scenario exercise facilitator(s). A facilitator could be a manager, supervisor, licenced practical nurse, registered nurse, or anyone knowledgeable about your workplace’s COVID-19 response.

What is inside a scenario package and how should it be used?

The scenario packages contain all of the information and handouts necessary for a facilitator to plan, schedule, and run a scenario exercise. 

Each package contains five files:

  • Introduction to Scenario Exercises. This overview provides information about what a scenario exercise is and how it is useful. 
  • Facilitator How-To. This document provides general information about how to run a scenario exercise with tips and tricks for success. 
  • Facilitator Guide. This guide includes the scenario description, questions to be asked of participants, and prompts to move the discussion along.
  • Participant Worksheet. This worksheet includes the scenario description, a list of the questions that will guide the discussion, and space for the participant to take notes.
  • Post-Scenario Action Plan. This template will be used by the group to record any items that require follow-up or additional clarification. It also provides a list of resources that can be referenced during the follow-up process.

What does a scenario exercise look like?

A scenario exercise should involve anyone who would be impacted by the scenario event. The specific identity (roles) of the participants will depend on the organization and their needs. Involvement of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representative can often be beneficial to the process.

Each scenario exercise begins with a fictional scenario. Participants are asked to consider the scenario in the context of their workplace. The facilitator(s) guide the participants through several discussion questions to help the group explore relevant policies, potential plans for risk mitigation, barriers to implementing responses, and other important topics.

The activity ends with the group going through the post-scenario action plan worksheet to document any procedural gaps and ensure that they are addressed.

Discussions may be completed as a single large group or in smaller breakout groups and can be held in-person or virtually. A scenario activity may be completed in one or several sessions – depending on your organization, level of preparedness, and the number of participants involved.

Scenario 1
Resident presenting with COVID-19 symptoms
Scenario 2
Scenario 2
Scenario 3
Resident with COVID-19 will not self-isolate
Scenario 4
Staff member tests positive for COVID-19

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