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.
Control means to contain the infection once someone has it for example using personal protective equipment and washing your hands even if they don’t feel dirty. 1:2 Employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection are set out in the Health and Safety at work act 1974. And this states that employers have a responsibility to protect employees’ from danger and harm, as reasonably practicable. Employers must: * Provide a safe workspace. * Carry out risk assessments to assess the dangers of certain work activities.
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.
Rachael Foster The principles of infection prevention & controlunit 4222-264 1.1 - As an employee the correct PPE should be wore i.e. gloves and aprons. Good personal hygiene should be kept and hands should be washed after our duties i.e. giving personal care. 1.2 - As an employer all staff should be trained in infection control, to be able to notice potential risks.
Some individuals being supported may need to be sensitively reminded about hygiene, it is good practice to explain the reasons for maintaining good hygiene levels, whilst respecting people's differences and attitudes to taking care of themselves. 2.2 Protective equipment, clothing and precautions should be followed at all times when working to minimise the risk of infection. Uniforms should be clean on each day and washed separately from other laundry. Gloves, aprons and good hand washing techniques should be used when providing personal care for individuals as germs can spread very easily in care home settings. 2.3 Concerns about the safety and hygiene of equipment or facilities used for personal care should be reported to your line manager or house manager immediately.
Ways of adhering to good standards of hygiene will be documented in your organisation’s standard operating procedures. Protecting a service user will mean you must: • Wash your hands before and after caring for a service user • Wash your hands after touching your hair or other body parts and after using the toilet • Wear appropriate PPE and dispose of it in accordance with regulations • Handle equipment safely, including sharps such as
2.2 Cleaning agents should be used to prevent infection and to follow any organisational policies and COSHH regulations. Cleaning agents include soap-based detergents and can be used for floors, walls, fixtures and fittings and persons. 2.3 Disinfecting agents generally include chemical detergents that are antibacterial or antiseptic and are used for the disinfections
Example bathing. When bathing a service user I would first ensure that the bathroom was clean and tidy and that this was equipped for the task ahead. In order to ensure this was ready I would collect towels, toiletries, clean clothing and any other items the service user requires. I would then ensure that the bath was in a clean state and if this was the case I would begin to fill the bath ensuring the temperature of the water was checked with the hot spot ensure no risk of scalding was present. After the bath had finished filling I would then proceed to collect the service user from the lounge/ bedroom and assist them with their bathing needs.
The principles of infection prevention and control 1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the Prevention and control of infections. 1.1Explain employees roles and responsibilities in relation to prevention and the control of infection. It is the responsibility of the employee to use the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided to ensure infection is prevented. To wash their hands before any care is carried out and again before leaving.
CU311 The principles of infection prevention and control 1.1 Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is our responsibility as employees to take precautionary measures to prevent and control the spread of infection in the workplace this involves working safely to protect myself, other staff, visitors and individuals from infections. Some of the legislation and regulations that relate to the control and prevention of infection include the Health and Safety at Work Act, COSHH and RIDDOR. It is important as employees that we are aware of these so that we can work safely. 1.2 Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of Infection.