Unit 4222-264 the Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
Unit 4222-264
The principles of infection prevention and control

Employees roles and responsibilities

Maintain high standards personal care and hygiene
Be aware of polices surrounding infection in the work place
Practice prevention and control
Report risks to employer
Up to date training

Employers roles and responsibilities

Risk assessment taking place
Produce prevention and control procedures
Provide equipment
Identify hazards and provide prevention methods
Provide training
Keep records

Legislation and standard

Health and safety at work act 1974
Public health act 1984
Food safety act 1990
Environmental protection act 1990
Management of health and safety   at work act 1999

Prevention of infection

PPE equipment must be supplied - PPE at work regulation act 1992
Introduce good hygiene practices
Report handling of body fluids - Reporting of injury, diseases, and dangerous occurrences 1995
Store chemicals safely - the control of substances hazardous to health 2002
Disposal of clinical waste and sharps - hazardous waste regulations 2005
Code of practice for the prevention and control of the healthcare associated infection regulation 2010
Wash your hand correctly
Risk assessment
Clean and disinfect items and areas

Impact of infection

Healthcare places such as hospital, care homes, doctors or supported living are particularly vulnerable to infection outbreaks. With sick, elderly, young and disabled people being the most at risk.
Infection can be localised and systemic and can be identified by signs and symptoms. Causing:-

Reduced mobility
Infection to others
Time of work
Financial loss

What is “risk”

Risk is when the chance of infection developing is higher.
Potential risks an hazards

Moist conditions
Lack of oxygen
Time for infection to take place
Reusable ppe
Communal areas

Risk assessments...