Nvq 3 Essay

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Unit 4222-266 Outcome 1 1. The general principles for environmental cleaning are to remove and stop dust and dirt building up on objects. By doing this you can provide a safe and clean environment for your patients by preventing and lowering the risk of infection. 2. Cleaning schedules are in place to prevent and control infections. The environment should be visibly clean and acceptable to residents, staff and visitors. Regular cleaning is important to maintain the appearance and function of the premises, the chosen method of cleaning should remove the contamination and not spread it. Cleaning schedules are put in place to inform users, staff and visitors who cleaned, what is cleaned, what time and day cleaning takes place, whether something needs to be cleaned daily, weekly or monthly and what chemicals were used to clean. 3. By ensuring all staff are fully trained in infection control and waste management it will minimise the spread of infection. If members of staff are designated a cleaning job each day this will keep the environment clean and limit the spread of infection. If the environment is not managed correctly, cleaning may be missed for several days leading to patients becoming unwell and catching infections. 4. The reason for the national policy for colour coding of cleaning equipment is to ensure that the same cleaning equipment is not used in multiple areas, therefore reducing the risk of cross-infection. Outcome 2 1. The three steps of the decontamination process are cleaning, disinfecting and sterilisation. Disinfecting is a process used to reduce the number of micro-organisms to a safe level for a defined procedure but which may not necessarily inactivate all viruses and bacterial spores. There are two processes for disinfection: Thermal or Chemical, Thermal disinfecting can be seen when using a deco med and
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