Infection Control - Roles of Personnel

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Roles and Responsibilities of Personnel In a health and social care setting each member of staff has a specific role when dealing with service users and the prevention and control of infections. Care workers such as nurses have a responsibility to keep the risk of infection to a minimum in a health and social care setting. They must consider themselves, their colleagues, their patients and visitors while on duty. Care workers must maintain a good personal hygiene at all times and wash hands thoroughly before and after contact with the patients that they are treating. 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. This is a legal duty that they have to perform. The Health and Safety Executive or the environmental health department of the local authorities must be notified of the following: • Possible poisoning • Contagious diseases such as hepatitis or TB • Acute illness that may be caused by workplace toxins or infected material Care workers are also a part of the admissions of service users. When individuals are referred to a residential home or a hospital, the care workers are provided with knowledge about the individual and their needs so they can prepare equipment, space, materials, special diets and medication for them. There will also be an initial examination taken to identify any skin lesions and problems that may indicate the need for separation from others. Transfers is another criteria in which care workers have a

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