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CU311| The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control |

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LO 1, Assessment Criteria 1.1, 1.2
LO 2, Assessment Criteria 2.1, 2.2
LO 3, Assessment Criteria 3.1, 3.2
LO 4, Assessment Criteria 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
LO 5, Assessment Criteria 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.8
LO 6, Assessment Criteria 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5
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1.1Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection | Managers of health and social care settings have a particular responsibility to ensure that the care setting is safe for patients, service users, visitors 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. For example, risk assessments, incidences of infection and how they were dealt with and staff training.| 1.2Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control infection | Employers’ responsibilities arise from: -Legal responsibilities -Organisational responsibilities -Personal/moral responsibilitiesEmployers’ are responsible for: -Assessing risks -Putting procedures in place -Ensuring procedures are followed - Ensuring employees are appropriately trained in relation to infection control -Making sure employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of their work : -Posting information on notice boards -Keeping an information file such as Control of Substances Hazardous -to Health (COSHH) -Providing supervision -Keeping records -Ensuring that the relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available within the workplace| 2.1Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection | -The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations 1999. Both employers and employees are responsible for their own actions in the workplace.-The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984-Provides information on the legal requirements for the reporting of contagious or infectious diseases, for example, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, HIV and Legionella-Food Safety Act 1990-Food hygiene -In many health care environments there may be infection control responsibilities under the: * Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Safety Act (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995. Under this legislation, care workers who handle food must: -Keep themselves and their workplace clean -Wear suitable clean, washable or disposable, protective clothing -Protect food from any possible contamination -Abide by regulations setting out safe temperature controls for storage, preparation and display of food -Inform their employer of any illness which may affect their safe handling of food| 2.2Describe local and organisational policies relevant to the prevention and control of infection | Local and organisational policies relevant to the prevention and control of infection are: * Health and Social care Act(2008) * Health and Safety at Work * Control of substances hazardous to health regulations * Management of health and safety at work regulation * Public health(control of disease) * Environmental protection actReporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrence regulations 1995(RIDDOR)| 3.1Describe procedures and systems relevant to the prevention and control of infection | The procedures and systems relevant to the prevention and control of infection are: * hand hygiene following the Ayliff technique, * cleaning schedules, * waste disposal, * decontamination of equipment, * management of linenThe...
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