Nurses must use sterile dressings on open skin surfaces to prevent infection. We must also keep patient equipment and supplies clean in order to prevent the spread of germs. Nurses must also use personal protective equipment like a mask, eye protection and a face shields if you are near a patient care activity that may involve a splash or spray of body fluids, they should then dispose of all single use personal protective equipment immediately after use. Cleaners should clean toilets with disinfectant to kills any germs. They should also clean any surfaces e.g.
Teeth- Another effect of poor hygiene is bad breath which is lack of brushing this allows bacteria to grow or having food in between teeth can start to rot over time so leading to bad breath. Going to denisit regular basis helps to maintain good teeth care. Hands - Washing hands is important regularly throughout the day to ensure bacteria is kept to a minimum as hands carry lots of germs and bacteria which can lead to a number of illness . You should always use hot water and soap. Outcome 2 Be able to support individuals to maintain personal hygiene 3 Support the individual to develop awareness of the effects of poor hygiene Explain to them in importance of good hygiene and how poor hygiene can have a important affect on thier well being.
Odours occur from bacteria found on our skin and in our mouths. Taking good care of our skin and mouth helps to protect us infections regular bathing and teeth cleaning can help to protect us from bad odours. Poor personal hygiene is known to cause illness. Poor hygiene can be a sign of mental health issues or low self esteem from isolation from others. 2 Be able to support individuals to maintain personal hygiene Describe how to maintain dignity of an individual when supporting intimate personal hygiene When supporting an individual with intimate personal hygiene it is important to explain to the individual what is going to happen and ensuring that they understand what is going to happen and that they are comfortable with what is going to happen.
If, however, I was assisting with the repositioning of a patient who is incontinent, I would probably consider hand washing, gloves and an apron. Once I have performed the activity, I would remove aprons and gloves, and dispose of them according to my organisation’s policy. I must wash my hands after patient contact and before moving on to the next person. If I make physical contact with a patient I was my hands, but if no physical contact is made I use an antibacterial gel which is provided by the NHS. Hand gels should only be used as an interim measure until you are able to perform a proper hand wash; they are not a suitable replacement for good hand washing.
Unit 4222-266 Outcome 1 1. The general principles for environmental cleaning are to remove and stop dust and dirt building up on objects. By doing this you can provide a safe and clean environment for your patients by preventing and lowering the risk of infection. 2. Cleaning schedules are in place to prevent and control infections.
Amanda Coxon 1033747 LD206c Support individuals to maintain personal hygiene 1.1 Explain why personal hygiene is important. Personal hygiene is the act of maintaining the cleanliness and grooming of the external body. This includes bathing and showering, cleaning teeth, washing and combing hair, keeping nails clean, wearing clean clothes and changing them regularly and washing hands after using the toilet. Good personal hygiene is important as it reduces the risk of the spread of infection, increases levels of self esteem and confidence and reduce the risk of unpleasant odours. By promoting personal hygiene in your own practice and appearance, and assisting individuals that you care for, you are leading by example.
The organisation could also be fined by not complying with the law which would have a negative effect with exposure in the media. Organisations would have a reduction in patient and public confidence and so their reputation would be affected and patients would choose to have their care else where. Members of staff would also have a decrease in confidence with the organisation and their stress levels will increase. On the individual: This could cause further complications to their primary condition increasing their recovery time and possibly giving them a lengthy stay in a hospital setting. Patients may be forced to stay off work which will lead to a loss of earnings putting more stress on the individual and their families, possibly leaving a patient needing treatment for depression.
Understanding Health and Safety in Social Care Settings 1.1. The following legislation relate to health and safety in a social care setting: a) Health and safety at work act 1974 under this Act, the employer, the workers and the individuals being supported have responsibilities to ensure safety is maintained in the workplace for example by protecting others from risks arising from the activities of people at work and controlling the use and storage of dangerous substances. b) The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are designed specifically to eliminate or reduce a manual handling risk to an acceptable level. this involves the understanding of how to move and position people and equipment from one place to another and the appropriate equipment to use and ensuring that the environment is safe to do so. c) The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) this involves employers having to identify which hazardous substances are present in the work place and ensure that they are locked away for safety.
Not washing properly can also cause or help towards infections of the skin if broken. Poor Oral hygiene may result in tooth decay or infections. Fungal infections are another result of poor hygiene. 2.5 When I am assisted an individual with personal care to maintain their dignity I firstly ensure that the door is shut and we are in a private area where we wont be interrupted. Before I do anything I ensure I have everything we need to
Personal hygiene is also important as it clears discomfort & odors that might discomfort others & make friends to isolate you. It is essential especially when eating, drinking, sneezing, coughing & sweating to avoid being infected. Good personal hygiene is also important during & after handling all body fluids such as urine, blood or 1.2 Describe the effects of poor personal hygiene on health & wellbeing