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The Principles of Infection Control Essay

  • Submitted by: linziwoo1
  • on August 31, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,121 words

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The principles of infection prevention and control

      1.1 As a health and social care worker you have roles and responsibilities in relation to infection prevention and control, including to
  * cooperate with your employer in preventing and controlling infection
  * know and understand your organisations infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  * follow infection control procedures and apply standard infection control principles to all situations at all times
  * know how to get advice on the prevention and control of infection and to stay up to date in your knowledge and understanding of the subject
  * make your manager aware of any difficulties you have in following procedures
  * report breaches in good practice and take corrective action as appropriate
You also have a responsibility to be on your guard for potential outbreaks of infection or resistance to antibiotics and to inform your employer if you have any concerns.

      1.2 Employers have a responsibility to regularly produce infection prevention and control reports describing:
  * Policies and procedures that are in place and how they are monitored
  * Any outbreaks of infection that have taken place and the action to rectify the problems
  * Education and training that has taken place
  * Planned improvements
Employers have a responsibility to obtain and share with staff up to date advice and information about infection prevention and control from suitably qualified and competent individuals.

  * Health and safety at work act 1974
  * Management of health and safety at work regulations 1999
  * Personal protective equipment at work regulations (PPE) 1992
  * The health act 2006
  * The health and social care act 2008
  * Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR) 1995
  * Public health (control of disease) act 1984 and the public health (infectious diseases) regulations 1988
  * Food safety...

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