Infection Control Essay

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INFECTION CONTROL IN A NURSING HOME. Infection Control refers to policies and procedures used to minimize the risk of spreading infections in hospitals and nursing homes. The purpose of infection control is to reduce the occurrence of infectious diseases. These diseases are usually carried by bacteria or viruses and can be spread by human to human contact. Can be spread by touch, coughs and colds, it is good practise to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and washing your hands after, disposing of any tissues in bins. It could also be prevented if residents do not share cutlery, cups or anything that may transfer infection to one another. Infection Control in your work place should be a part of everyday practice, and if followed to the correct procedure, can help to contain illnesses being spread. Diarrhoea, vomiting, coughs and colds are hard to contain in a nursing home because those residents who are mobile don't always understand that its in he interest of the home and the other residents that they are asked to stay in their rooms. Infections can also be transferred through visitors coming in to see their relatives. MRSA, Influenza, E coli are common causes of infections and can't all be treated by antibiotics. Some infections are resilient to them and they don't work. It is also known that Scabies is a well known infection in nursing homes and can be treated but can spread very quickly so needs to be picked up quickly, and should be isolated for 24hrs after treatment. Treatment should be repeated in about 4 weeks time and all clothes, towels etc. should be washed seperate from other residents. Any type of infection in a nursing home for the elderly can be dangerous because they might have a low immune system so they haven't got the physical strength to fight it and therefore sadly there is not always a good out come. We as carers

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