Infection Control Essay

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ICO1 Outcome 1 Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 1. Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection All employees are responsible for the prevention of spread of infections. Employees should also, in the care industry, have a personal as well as a moral responsibility to follow infection control guidelines. Regular hand washing is a responsibility that all staff should follow as well as wearing all appropriate/available PPE. There is many roles within a health and social care environment where infection control is always important. In communal living areas such as a nursing home infection control is essential as working as a 'care assistant' you may be working with people that are vulnerable to infection. 2. Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control infection. An employers responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection is to carry out risk assessments, this is to make sure that, where possible infection risks can be prevented. Also, to make sure staff are properly trained and, that information is always available for all staff. This could be posters showing handwashing techniques. Once a risk assessment has been carried out procedures can be put in place such as the wearing of PPE to minimise exposure to infection. Also, staff should be supervised to make sure procedures are being followed. Outcome 2 Understand legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infections 1. Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection Some of the current legislation which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection include; The Health and Safety at work act, COSHH, RIDDOR, The public health act and Personal

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