Wendy Dyke

Unit 19

The principles of infection prevention and control

  1. It is the carers responsibility to prevent infection. The carer must attend the correct training courses, take care of their own safety and that of others, take care of health and safety equipment,   The carer must wash their hands before each task and always wear gloves, changing these for each task and wear a clean apron for each task.   A carer’s uniform must always be clean. A care worker should shower every day and have clean hair and finger nails.   Hair should be tied back. A carer should ensure their clients are clean, encourage hand washing after toileting and before eating and ensure that the client is showered if possible or bed washed every day.   Always change pad at each visit and wash.   Dispose of soiled waste and pads in the correct external bins.
  2. It is the employer’s responsibility to protect the employee from danger and harm. The employer must provide a safe workplace, carry out risk assessments, provide the correct training, provide personal protective equipment,   carry out regular health and safety checks.
2.1 current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant are:-
      Health and safety work act 1974 (within this policy there are regulations about the control of infection these include COSHH (Control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002 and RIDDOR the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995.
  2. Local and organisational policies should include: the roles and responsibilities of key staff members such as infection control team, how to achieve best hand hygiene, personal hygiene requirements, safe handling and disposal of clinical waste, decontaminating equipment, maintaining a clean clinical environment, appropriate use of devices such as catheters, cleaning routines, how to report accidents.
  1. The procedures and systems relevant to the prevention and control of infection are divided into...