Nvq 3 Unit 19

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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. To be mindful of minimising the risk of spreading infection to others. If such infections as MRSA are known to be present it should be highlighted in the records of the individual for all carers to see. All PPE should be disposed of in the correct way. All training they received on prevention and control of infections should be adhered to. 1.2Explain employers responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the responsibility of the employer to make sure all employees are trained to the correct level in prevention and control of infection. They should inform employees of any updated polices whether national or company. Employees should also be kept informed of any new infections contracted by individuals they are caring for. Employers should provide PPE for all employees. Risk assessments should be carried out on all individuals to minimise the risks of infections braking out. 2.Understand legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infection. 2.1 Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection. N.I.C.E is the clinical body that issues clinical guidelines to the Government to improve standards of public health. The guidelines were updated in March 2012 for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care. These guidelines are
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