Principles Of Infection Prevention And Control

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Register to read the introduction… Risks come in many forms, for example, the risk of infection or the risk of personal injury from damaged equipment or dangerous lifting practises.
4.2: The potential risks of infection within the workplace can be very high in a care home as you are constantly coming into contact with people who may have infections, handling waste material which could be contaminated and working in an environment and with equipment which could be contaminated. This is why it is extremely important to wear the correct PPE and use the correct hand washing procedure and use the correct cleaning products.
4.3: To carry out a risk assessment first of all you need to identify the hazards, then decide who might be harmed and how. Then evaluate the risks and decide on precaution and then record your findings and implement on them. After this is done review your assessment and update if necessary.
4.4: It is important to carry out risk assessments to raise awareness of potential risks and to try and eliminate or reduce them and to ensure enough precautions have been taken to prevent injury.
Outcome
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To put a mask on place over nose, mouth and chin and fit flexible nose piece over bridge of nose. A mask should be removed after all other PPE has been removed and disposed of correctly.
Employers must provide appropriate PPE free of charge and ensure it is disposed of correctly. Employees must use this correctly and follow the training and instructions given.
The regulations and legislation relating to PPE that we must follow are:
• The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
• The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
Outcome 6 The key principles of good personal hygiene are vital in controlling the spread of infection. The most important action that will reduce the development of infection is regular hand washing. By using a good hand washing technique this will ensure bacteria and viruses have as little chance to spread as possible.
You should always wash your hands:
• Before starting and when finishing work
• Before and after eating
• After using the toilet
• Before and after touching someone
• After handling dirty laundry or emptying waste

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