Category Archives: Health and Safety Alerts

Preventing Flu and Pneumonia

Seasonal influenza, also known as the flu, is a viral illness that causes fever, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, and headaches. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness.

Ohioans with developmental disabilities may be at high risk for the flu due to chronic lung conditions like asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. Risk of aspiration may be increased due to difficulty swallowing, gastro esophageal reflux disease, seizure disorder, tube feeding, cerebral palsy, and suppressed or absent cough or sneeze reflex. Read More

MUI Definitions and Reporting

Major Unusual Incidents: Classification and Definitions

Timely reporting of MUI’s help improve the quality of services for those we support and help keep them safe.  Our MUI team is here to help you understand what to report and when.  All roles and responsibilities of County Board staff and providers can be found in the MUI Rule.  Also, check out the other resources found in the Department of Developmental Disabilities Health and Safety Toolkit. If you still have questions please contact us. Read More ›

Suicide Prevention

People with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk for suicide because of different risk factors, including co-occurring mental health diagnoses. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can save lives. Read more

Transportation, Wheelchair Safety

Many people living with developmental disabilities are dependent on third-party transportation as part of their services. This alert includes information about how to properly transport someone with a disability, including wheelchair users, so they can get around their community safely. Read more.

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