Staying Safe

UK Healthcare Safety

UK HealthCare is committed to safety and well-being of patients, visitors, and staff in our enterprise.  We take all forms of aggression, violence, and threats seriously. Sometimes frontline staff don't report these incidents, because they feel disruptive behavior is "part of the job".  There is uncertainty about how and where to report. 

We know that workplace violence in health is growing and we are taking steps to ensure workplace safety at UK HealthCare. We want to ensure we have a healthy work and healing environment that is free from inappropriate, disruptive behavior that could hinder delivery of safety, quality patient care.  This approach applies to patients, visitors and staff. 

Examples of aggressive behaviors include but are not limited to:

  • Threats of any kind against the welfare of another person
  • Physical aggression, including assault
  • Verbal harassment, including abusive language, cursing, or sexual language
  • Behavior that puts oneself or others in harm’s way

The “Your Safety Matters” approach focuses on new and updated resources to support management and reporting.

For Frequently Asked Questions regarding UKHC safety, please reference: https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/your-safety-matters-0

Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure and Prevention

The University’s work compensation program covers employees of UK who work throughout the 120 counties within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  

Regardless of patient history, all needle sticks and sharps injuries should be reported.

After a sharps injury at UK,  Please follow the steps outlined in this following link: Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure and Prevention

Based on where the employee is physically located, and once they have been phone triaged by University Health Services (UHS), they may be sent to a local emergency department, immediate care center, or other like service.  This is an arrangement we have as part of our managed care organization.   The University follows all applicable work compensation rules and regulations, as outline by KRS 342.

What if you are rotating in non-UK locations?
Regardless of injury location, you are an employee of UK

  • Step 1: First Aid
  • Step 2: Workers’ Care:  800-440-6285

Please note that failure to report injuries through UK Worker’s Care could impact your future eligibility for worker’s compensation coverage. Further details about this resource are available at: https://www.uky.edu/hr/policies/workers-compensation

Campus Safety Security

LiveSafe is a personal safety mobile app that University of Kentucky is providing to all students, faculty, and staff to download for free. The app provides a quick, convenient, and discreet way to communicate directly with University of Kentucky Police Department about potential risks and threats before they escalate, thereby enhancing your overall safety.

To download the app, please follow the link: https://www.uky.edu/police/livesafe

Free On-Campus Battery Jump-Start Service:

Transportation Services offers free on-campus battery jump-start service. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week anywhere on campus for all valid UK parking permit holders and campus patients and visitors.
If your car battery dies on campus and you need a jump-start, use the following contact information: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., call Transportation Services at 859-257-5757.

After-hours and weekends, call UK Towing Contractor at 859-231-0197.

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