Infection Control - Qcf 2 - Health and Social Care

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Claire Ann Samuel Infection Control Infection prevention and control is a key element of work in social care and is vital to the well being of our service users. Good infection prevention and control are essential to ensure that service users receive safe and effective care. Effective prevention and control of infection must be part of everyday practice and be applied consistently by everyone involved in the care sector. All support workers are required to wear (PPE) personal protective equipment clothing when carrying out personal support tasks or food preparation, as out lined in the personal protective equipment policy, this includes gloves, sleeves, aprons, masks and shoe covers. Especially when dealing with people who have a weakened immune system such as the elderly. Proper infection control can help reduce the spread of cold / flu, skin / wound infections, respiratory problems and allergies. Good practice of infection control can include: • Regularly disinfecting surfaces on a regular basis. • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, wash hands frequently and applying alcohol or anti bacterial gel. • Do not share towels, face cloths ect with others. • Use disposable items if / were possible • Wash clothes, bedding and towels at 60oc • Clean up any spillages (e.g. faeces and vomit ) immediately. • Disinfect cleaning cloths by soaking over night where possible and drying them thoroughly. As all ill people can carry bacteria for many weeks after recovery, you should maintain good hygiene standards even when the symptoms have gone. This will ensure good infection prevention control in turn protecting your self and your service users on a long term

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