Unit Ic01, Infection Prevention And Control

2613 words - 11 pages

The Principle of Infection Prevention and Control

1 Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections

1.1 Explain employees roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection

The employee has a duty of care for the service users you attend. This means we always act in the best interests of the service user and their care needs. The GSCC code of practice 5.7 declares you should not put yourself and other people at risk. We are responsible for following our employers workplace safety procedure correctly, reporting and problems with those procedures or equipment used. We should always wear PPE provided and attend any ...view middle of the document...

2 Describe local and organisational policies relevant to the prevention and control of infection

The following local and Organisational polices relevant to the prevention and control of infections are; The Public Health (control of disease) Act 1984, Social Care Act, the NICE guidelines and also company policies and procedures that relate to infection prevention and control. For example with the regards to own company, it states that "any persons suffering from an infectious or contagious disease must either have clearance from own doctor or seek guidance from line manager

3 Understand systems and procedures relating to the prevention and control of infections

3.1 Describe procedures and systems relevant to the prevention and control of infection

Procedures and systems relevant to the prevention and control of infection are following companies policies and procedures which relate to correct hand washing procedure, wearing correct PPE for example gloves, aprons and protective clothing, the correct disposal of waste and using the correct cleaning equipment when cleaning spillages, surfaces, equipment etc.

3.2 Explain the potential impact of an outbreak of infection on the individual and the organisation

The outbreak of infection can be fatal if care is not taken: for instance an outbreak of MRSA that can be resistant to must antibiotics can be fatal. The outbreak of an infection has consequences for individuals, staff and the organisation. It can cause ill health to all concerned and it can also impact emotionally because people that acquire infection relate it to being dirty and some infections may require people to be isolated from others for a period of time. The organisation could lose money if most of its staff are off sick and as they will need to employ more staff which they will be paying to cover in addition to staff that are off sick. The organisation could also be fined by not complying with the law and in turn this will damage their reputation

4 Understand the importance of risk assessment in relation to the prevention and control of infections

4.1 Define the term ‘risk’

Risk means the exposure to the chance of injury or lose; a hazard or dangerous chance: the hazard or chance of loss; the degree of probability of such loss.

A person or thing with reference to the hazard involved in insuring him, her or it. The term risk means the likelihood of the hazard or an activity causing harm.

4.2 Outline potential risks of infection within the workplace

In the workplace supporting individuals with personal care activities and sharing facilities with others involve coming into contact with bodily fluids which contain pathogens. Cleaning areas such as bathrooms that are dirty and where bodily fluids are present may be more likely to be contaminated with pathogens. Handling laundry that may be dirty or contaminated with bodily fluids can also contain pathogens. Handling the disposing of clinical waste,...

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