They must also wash hands after using the toilet and before handling food. At all times they must be wearing appropriate PPE and must follow the procedures of disposing of waste safely. They must keep contact items clean and must always report any potential hazards. These things are a part of the code of conduct for care workers and they help with minimising the risk of an outbreak of infection. Care workers have a role in reporting infections or disease outbreaks.
It is also very important that sharps containers are filled to ¾ level of to the manufacturer’s instruction (Working with sharps guidelines, 2012). 3. There are several sites used for both subcutaneous and intramuscular injection. Identify these and outline the impact a patient’s weight may have on the choice of site. Subcutaneous injections involve injecting medication into the loose connective tissue under the dermis.
Breaks anywhere on the skin should be covered with a waterproof dressing. Medical advice should be sought for skin damage caused by other medical conditions e.g. eczema, psoriasis. All healthcare staff should be ‘bare below the elbow’. Hands should be washed: · After visiting the toilet · Before handling food · When the hands are visibly soiled.
Through these trainings, the employee will learn the proper measures regarding infection control and prevention in spreading infection. Must also be updated on Health care. One of the ways infection is spread is thru dirty or infected hands. So, proper hand washing must be done especially after using the wash room, holding money, and before holding the medicines and the patient. Must maintain proper hygiene.
All of these situations call for proper hand washing technique. Hands should be washed periodically during the day to prevent the risk of illness or infection. Proper hand washing technique begins with preparation. During the preparation remove jewelry, including watches. Jewelry has small crevices that can hold microorganisms.
Outcome 1 1. Employees’ are responsible for adhering to the guidelines and statutory laws that are in application. This could constitute performing menial tasks such as washing hands thoroughly, disposing of waste products in the appropriate fashion, or more complex tasks like appropriate cleaning and dressing of wounds. They are also responsible not only for themselves but also other colleagues, visitors and patients. There are a range of roles were the prevention and control of infection apply, here are the ones that apply to my line of work; working with hazardous substances, working in an environment that exposes me to infection, working with people who are vulnerable to infection and working in a place that is a communal living area.
For example when assisting a service user to have a bath, shower or to use the toilet you must always wear the PPE (personal protective equipment) provided when removing any soiled clothing you must dispose of it in the correct way using the sluice bags that are provided and the sluice bags should be tided shut thus preventing any infection among other service users clothes. Any PPE used should be disposed of in the room you have used and before leaving that room employees must ensure they wash their hands using the correct hand washing method displayed. Another responsibility employees have is to prepare and maintain environment before and after patient care making sure all PPE is worn if there are any bodily fluids in the room i.e. on the floor sink etc this spiliage should be cleaned up immediately using the appropriate disinfectant cleaning products to prevent any infection spreading such as MRSA, C Diff and the norovirus. Q: 1.2 Explain employers’ respsonsibilitys in relation to the prevention and control of infection.
We also have information leaflets by the infection control team and prevention team with information for the patient about the catheter and how to care for it Staff must ensure that they have all the equipment before they start the procedure, checking expiry date and any damage to packaging. They must also gain the patients consent before procedure. As a Healthcare assistant I do not take part in catherterisation, but will look after the patient after the procedure and also remove the catheter when instructed When the catheter is in place, staff must fill in a UCAM (urinary catheter assessment monitoring form) which gives all the patient details, whether a bladder scan was performed, the size of the catheter inserted, date and time and the sticker from the catheter pack in case of any problems with the catheter. We also have a patient care plan that is filled with all the
Unit ICO1 The principles of infection prevention and control Assessment Criteria Outcome 1 Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections The learner can: 1. explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of Infection They have to always be aware of and report changes in the health conditions of the individuals that they support. They also have a responsibility to assist with keeping work areas, and equipment clean, tidy and free from infection hazards. [ They are also encouraged to maintain good personal hygiene for themselves as well as their service users. For example, helping service users bathe, use the toilet and change remove and dispose of any soiled clothing. Another responsibility they hold is preparing and maintaining environment before and after episodes of patient care.