Priciples of Infection Prevention and Control

The principles of infection prevention and control
Outcome 1
Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections
As an employee; we have a responsibility in the prevention and control of infection, by always decontaminating hands between caring for different patients, and by applying an alcohol gel or washing hands with a liquid soap and water and then drying with paper towels.   Also by ensuring the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) i.e. Gloves/aprons/masks are used when there is a risk of exposure to blood, body fluids, secretions & excretions and also in the environment of a person requiring isolation.
Any PPE used should be safely disposed of in the clinical waste and any equipment that is used for more than one patient, i.e. commode, hoist, the appropriate cleaning must follow each and every episode of use.   The hospital environment must be visibly clean and free from dust and soilage.
Our employers also have a responsibility to ensure that any PPE   or cleaning materials that are needed are always available.
Outcome 2
Understand legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infection
The current legislation and regulatory body is:
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations 1995, place a legal duty on;
•employers, self employed people & people in control of premises;
To report work related deaths, major injuries, work related diseases and dangerous occurrences.Reporting accidents and ill health at work is a legal requirement. The information enables the Health & Safety Executive, and local authorities, to identify where and how risks arise and to investigate serious accidents and to then help you and provide advice on how to reduce injury and ill health in your workplace.   Within the Trust we have a responsibility to identify and report any outbreaks and infection risks to the Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPCT).
Outcome 3...