1.1 Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection
Within the last few years it has been highlighted that there is a very high increase in service users contracting healthcare related infections. It is therefore important that I take full responsibility to ensure that I take all the necessary precautions to prevent myself, service users and the general public that I come in contact with to take care of health and safety. The Health and Safety at Work 1974 requires me as an employee to: Ensure that I take full responsibility to safeguard my safety and those of others
Work closely with the Hospital I work in respect of health and safety issues
Do not destroy any equipment in relation to health and safety intentionally
Go on as many training courses provided by the hospital
Make sure that I use protective garments that the hospital provides i.e. gloves and aprons at all times.
Prevention is better than cure and try and take every opportunity to make sure that all infections etc be kept under control
I also follow these Basic controls measures:
Dispose of waste correctly
Wash hands when appropriate
Keep equipment clean
Remain vigilant and report potential hazards
Wear clean PPE (personal protective equipment) for each person
Maintaining personal hygiene.
It has been identified by the Government that every year around 5,000 service users die from infection related diseases. So in this respect it is better to try and prevent infections by initiating the procedures set in place by the hospital to prevent loss of lives and also law-suits. Prevent infections by disposing waste, washing my hands after assisting each and every individual, keeping all equipment clean and sterile, observing any signs of hazards and wearing PPE. All concerned at the hospital are considered “at risk” so I must follow