Unit 4223-007

Unit 4223-007 The principles of infection prevention and control
Outcome 1
  1. Employees should prevent potential infections or spreading infections by washing their hands, using the appropriate PPE and following infection prevention and control policies and procedures.

  2. Employers must ensure all staff receive the appropriate training, that they are supplied with the appropriate PPE and that they have a policy in place for staff to follow.

Outcome 2

  1. The current legislation and regulatory bodies relevant to the prevention and control of infections are:
  * Health and safety at work act 1974
  * Nice guidelines
  * CQC
  * Public health (control of diseases) act 1984
  * PPE regulations 1992

  2. The local and organisational policies are:
  * Nice guidelines
  * Infection control and prevention policy
  * Hand washing policy

Outcome 3
  1. Following companies policies and procedures which relate to correct hand washing, wearing PPE, correct disposal of waste and using the correct cleaning equipment when cleaning, are all procedures relevant to the prevention and control of infections.

  2. The impact on the organisation:

There are huge cost implications, a rise in staff sickness, patients needing hospitalization or extended stays.
The organisation could also be fined and receive negative feedback on social media or in the media.

Outcome 4

  1. Risk means the likelihood of a hazard or an activity causing harm.

  2. There are numerous risks of infection within my workplace such as:

  * Supporting patients with personal care
  * Shared facilities
  * Handling soiled linen
  * Handling clinical/ contaminated waste
  * Wrong use of PPE
  * Not washing/sanitising hands after/before care
  * Invasive procedures
  * Wrongly cleaned items

  3. The health and safety executive (HSE) advises employees to follow five steps these are.