The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control

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The principles of infection prevention and control WQ1. As employees we have a duty for prevention and control of infection. Infection can cause suffering, illness and distress to everyone around. The cost of care for those suffering infection is huge. The use of antibiotics can cause the infection to become resistant so it is better the try and prevent infections. All employees are responsible for taking action in prevention and control of infection. There are legislation in places as well as company policies and procedures that need to be followed and adhered to ensure this responsibility is met. There is also a moral and personal responsibility as members of a caring society. Employees have responsibilities to themselves, their colleagues, the employer, visitors and clients. Control of infection requires maximum effort from all staff, which has a shared and an individual responsibility. The prevention of spread of infection is achieved by education and awareness. All staff will receive Infection Control Training at induction and then annually thereafter. Certain policies which help prevent infection can be found in: • Blood/Body Fluids: Safe Handling. • Inoculation Injuries • Hand Washing • Mop Head/Bucket Cleaning Schedule/ cleaning schedules. WQ2. Employers have legal and organization responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections. Employers are responsible for: • Assessing risks. • Putting procedures in place. • Ensuring procedures are followed. • Ensuring employees receive appropriate training in relation to infection control and have regular refreshers. • Make sure employees adhere to the health and safety aspects of their work. Employers must also ensure they post information on notice boards, have a Control Of Substances hazardous to Health( COSHH) file, provide supervisions and have available to hand relevant standards,
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