Personal hygiene is also important in the fight against infection. I must keep my nails short; this also helps prevent accidently harming the person when I am assisting them to move. Hair should be kept clean and long hair tied back out of the way. Watches and rings should not be worn
I always ask the client what temperature is ok, they touch the water with the hand and tell me if it has to be more hot or cold until they confirm that it is the right temperature for them. This way we prevent accidents. 4.2. Before offering personal care we must also ensure that toiletries, materials and equipment are within our rich or the rich of the client. It is always better to prepare all before starting, to make sure we have shower gel, shampoo, wet wipes, pads, creams, towels, flanels all ready to use so that we are not in a situation to leave the client because we do not have one thing or another and go look for it.
Nurses must use sterile dressings on open skin surfaces to prevent infection. We must also keep patient equipment and supplies clean in order to prevent the spread of germs. Nurses must also use personal protective equipment like a mask, eye protection and a face shields if you are near a patient care activity that may involve a splash or spray of body fluids, they should then dispose of all single use personal protective equipment immediately after use. Cleaners should clean toilets with disinfectant to kills any germs. They should also clean any surfaces e.g.
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.
1.1 “Duty of Care” is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual or group requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care to prevent harm to others 1.2 I am affected by a duty of care which requires me to (amongst other things) ensure that I • do not permit any residents to come to harm through my acts or omissions. • report any reasonably held suspicion of mal practice. • take all reasonable steps to provide the best care I am capable of to resident. 2.1 Dilemas are most commonly experienced around personal hygiene issues, residents may elect to refuse to take a bath/show and if they are deemed to have capacity then it is their right to do so. However if a resident is in dire need of a bath, perhaps due to issues regarding incontinence, then there is a duty of care upon me to ensure the resident is washed and changed.
3 I would agree with an individual how privacy will be maintained during personal care by ensuring them that the door to their room will always be closed during personal care, i would constantly talk to them reassuring them and asking them what they were happy for me to do and not to do ensuring that their privacy is respected and that they know it is respected. Some residents may be happy for me to get them dressed/undressed whereas some may not therefore i would establish each individuals preferences and put them into practice the best i could. outcome 2 1 To support an individual to understand the reasons for hygiene and safety precautions I would explain to
For example when assisting a service user to have a bath, shower or to use the toilet you must always wear the PPE (personal protective equipment) provided when removing any soiled clothing you must dispose of it in the correct way using the sluice bags that are provided and the sluice bags should be tided shut thus preventing any infection among other service users clothes. Any PPE used should be disposed of in the room you have used and before leaving that room employees must ensure they wash their hands using the correct hand washing method displayed. Another responsibility employees have is to prepare and maintain environment before and after patient care making sure all PPE is worn if there are any bodily fluids in the room i.e. on the floor sink etc this spiliage should be cleaned up immediately using the appropriate disinfectant cleaning products to prevent any infection spreading such as MRSA, C Diff and the norovirus. Q: 1.2 Explain employers’ respsonsibilitys in relation to the prevention and control of infection.
All of these situations call for proper hand washing technique. Hands should be washed periodically during the day to prevent the risk of illness or infection. Proper hand washing technique begins with preparation. During the preparation remove jewelry, including watches. Jewelry has small crevices that can hold microorganisms.
The home is residents are safeguarded at all time from cross contamination by developing a strict habit of hand washing when hygiene is an issue using protective equipment to stop cross contamination. * 1.2) Employer’s roles and responsibilities- Employer’s must give us the correct training in all areas of infection control and provide us with the correct personal protective equipment to carry out our tasks. The workplace must be a safe environment for all with any risk assessments being recorded and being made aware of in a risk assessment folder. This applies to equipment and possible hazards with any work related activities in the home or for residents on leave. The home should be able to provide the materials and framework to allow the effective running of the home.
This could led to low self-esteem, neglect, or abuse or be the reason for poor personal hygiene to begin with. 2. Be able to support individuals to maintain personal hygiene. c. 2.1 – 2.8 Each service user depending on their circumstances should each have an individual personal care plan to help assist with their personal hygiene. Each individual should have their dignity and privacy maintained at all times.