Understand the roles and responsibilities in prevention and control of infection A
My role is to maintain a high standard of health and hygiene, which means regularly washing my uniform, regularly washing and keeping my hair clean and tied back, keeping my nails short and not wearing false nails or polish. Not wearing rings. Regularly washing my hands the correct way. I must report illness and any skin conditions to my manager and not come into work with diarrhoea and/or vomiting until 48 hours clears. I must be aware of infection prevention and control policies and procedure and follow at all times, using the appropriate PPE. I must report anything I think poses as an infection risk to my manager. I must also attend training sessions and keep my training up to date.
The employers role is to carry out risk assessments to identify risks and ways to remove, reduce or control them. Produce infection control policies and procedure with steps to be taken that comply with legislations and make the fully available to all staff. Provide training for all employees and offer the training regularly to keep all employees training up to date. Distribute relevant information when guidelines/polices etc have change or if there has been an outbreak of an infectious illness. To provide the correct PPE for all employees. Keeping records of anything relating to infection prevention such as cleaning schedules/fridge temperatures. Informing HSE of any outbreaks of infection.
Understand legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infection A
Laws that apply-
The health and safety at work act 1974
Management of health and safety at work act
Public health (control of diseases act)
Food safety Act
Environmental protection act
PPE at work regulations
Hazardous waste regulations 2005
Control of substances hazardous to health 2002
RIDDOR (reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences) Code of practice
National Minimum Standards states that the premises are to be kept clean, hygienic and free from offensive odours throughout and there must be a system in place to control the spread of infection, in accordance with relevant legislation and published professional guidance. Laundry facilities need to be situated away from areas where food is stored and handled. Hand washing facilities are sited in areas where infected materials and or clinical waste are being handled. Policies and procedures for control of infection must include dealing with spillages, provision of protective clothing and hand washing. The care home must have a sluicing facilities and sluicing disinfectant. Laundry must be washed at a minimum of 65°c for no less than 10 minutes.
Polices that apply are-
Infection prevention and control policy
Waste management policy
Health and safety at work policy
Safe sharp practice
Personal protective equipment
Aseptic technique and clean technique
Hand hygiene policy
Understand system and procedures relating to the prevention and control of infections A
Infection prevention and control procedure for the management of influenza Personal protective equipment procedure
Hand hygiene procedure
Management for MRSA
Screening for MRSA
Prevention of occupational exposure to blood
Management of an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting
The impact an outbreak could have is increase in cost ofr the organisation because of having to get in extra PPE. Staffing levels may decrease due to high staff sickness levels. Loos of confidence from the public and the service users. If legislation are not being met there could be legal action taken against the company. As an employee they may have a loss in confidence in the organisation because they feel not enough was done to prevent the outbreak, They also may become scared of working in-case they themselves become infected and my possibly pass it onto their families. The...
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