Infectious Disease Essay

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Unit 4222-264 The principles of infection prevention and control

Outcome 1 Understand roles and responsibilities in the preventiont and control of infections

1.1. Explain employee's roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection.
Infection is a major cause of human suffering. Even relatively minor infections can become more serious, leading to major infection and can, in some cases, lead to patient death. In addition to patient suffering, infection causes distress to family and friends.The costs to the health care system of providing care for those with infections are huge. In addition to concerns over the growing costs to health care, the use of antibiotics to treat these infections is thought to
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The Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1998
Describe the reporting systems and the types of disease which must be reported.
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Requires all staff to be provided with adequate and appropriate training and a set of working instructions demonstrating ‘safe working practices' for work related activities.
Controls Assurance Standards – HSC 2000/02
This standard provides a framework to control and manage infection. It provides a time table for senior managers and infection control teams to work to.
The documents key action areas are:
· Strengthen prevention and control of infection
· Secure appropriate health care services for patients with infection
· Improve surveillance of infection
· Monitor and optimise antimicrobial prescribing.
Medicines and Health care Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
This regulatory body ensures the medicines and products available in the health care sector are safe to use. The MHRA issue SAFETY BULLETINS if they receive reports of faulty products or products which may be harmful to health. It is the responsibility of the health care facility to report untoward incidents or products that are faulty to the MRHA.
The standards were published by the Department of Health (DoH) and will achieve two important things. First they will set the foundations for a

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