Infection Control Prevention Essay

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Nursing Responsibilities
A great deal of information has been published concerning HAIs infections in the long-term-care facility (LTCF). However, application of hospital infection control guidelines to the LTCF is often unrealistic in view of the differences between the acute settings in hospitals and the LTCF and the different infection control resources. It could be argued that while the Infection Control Program (ICP) is well established at Mater Dei Hospital the situation in SVPR is of inadequate standard. Standards and guidelines specific to the LTCF setting are not currently available in Malta.
Since the numbers of HAI’s are several, in this assignment only the most important recommendations and strategies are discussed that
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Education should focus on new personnel and certified nursing assistants (Smith et al., 1992). In addition, all individuals with direct resident care responsibility need education in early problem and symptom recognition. The teaching methods used need to be sensitive to language, cultural background, and educational level. A coordinated, effective educational program will result in improved infection control activities (Leinbach & English 1995). Moreover, each facility should document such training.

Guidelines and policies

An important aspect of infection control programs is the development of guidelines and the updating of infection control policies and procedures. Guidelines should be evidence based. It is not sufficient for a hospital to have detailed policies and procedures governing infection control; it must also take steps to determine whether the staff adheres to these policies and guidelines in practice. Practices most frequently don’t correspond to recommended guidelines. It is important that designed strategies including educational- based programs aim at better compliance to infection control. Adherence to guidelines is essential in order to be able to

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