Principles of Infection

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Unit 4222-264 The principles of infection prevention and control (IC 01) 1. Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection  It is the responsibility of an employee to take precautionary measures to prevent and control the spread of infection in the workplace. This involves working safely to protect oneself, other staff, visitors and individuals from infections.  One of the important responsibilities of an employee is to orient himself about the policies on safety, hygiene and sanitation in the work area and to undergo training regarding the policies. Through these trainings, the employee will learn the proper measures regarding infection control and prevention in spreading infection. Must also be updated on Health care.  One of the ways infection is spread is thru dirty or infected hands. So, proper hand washing must be done especially after using the wash room, holding money, and before holding the medicines and the patient.  Must maintain proper hygiene.  Clothes are also carriers of contaminants from the streets. So it is the employees’ responsibility to use an apron so that patients will not be infected. Must use clean and proper attire – personal protective equipment - during her duty.  Must also use gloves. Gloves must be checked that they are not worn nor have holes in and ensure they fit properly to ensure they do not come off and therefore no longer act as a protective infection control barrier.  Equipments must also be sterilized to avoid cross infection. If possible use disposable equipments. Employee must use protective equipments provided by the employer. Must not intentionally damage any health and safety equipment or materials provided by the employer  Employee must take care of her/his own and that of her/his family’s health so she won’t get sick and will not be a carrier

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