Topics: Hygiene, Hand sanitizer, Personal protective equipment Pages: 3 (716 words) Published: April 1, 2013
Deborah Stephenson

Care workers have to always be aware of and report changes in the health conditions of the individuals that they support. They also have a responsibility to assist with keeping work areas, and equipment clean, tidy and free from infection hazards. They are also encouraged to maintain good personal hygiene for themselves as well as their service users. I.e. helping service users bathe, use the toilet and change remove and dispose of any soiled clothing. Another responsibility they hold is preparing and maintaining environment before and after episodes of patient care. Employers of health and social care employees have a particular responsibility to ensure that the care setting is safe for service users, and members of staff. They do this by ensuring that an up-to-date infection control policy is written up and includes the roles and responsibilities of all staff in relation to the prevention of infection and what to do if there was an outbreak of infectious disease. They also need to produce reports regularly that describes that the systems in place for prevention and control of infection are working properly and are taken seriously. i.e. Risk assessments, incidences of infection and how they were dealt with and staff training. Outcome 2.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. Outcome 3.
Well prevention would be to sanitize all surfaces, wash hands thoroughly and often following all company procedures. The potential risk to an outbreak could be life threatening to an individual and potential closure of an Organisation. Depending on the severity of the outbreak. Outcome 4.

A risk is a situation, action or event that may cause harm or damage. Potential risks of infection are not washing hands, not cleaning equipment, not disposing of waste safely. Identify the hazards. Decide who might be harmed and how....
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