Unit 4222-264 The Principles Of Infection Control Analysis
Staff must be aware of the signs of infection, particularly in the elderly, e.g. fever, diarrhoea or vomiting, unexpected falls and confusion. They must also know to report these signs immediately to senior management staff when they occur. A number of infectious diseases may spread readily to other residents and/or members of staff or relatives and cause outbreaks. Care homes should have a documented outbreak plan appropriate to the services provided, detailing the actions to be taken in the event of an …show more content…
Disposable gloves and aprons protect both the care worker and the resident from the risks of cross-infection.
As with all items of PPE, the need for gloves and the selection of appropriate materials should be subject to careful assessment of the task to be carried-out and its related risks to the resident and the care worker.Gloves reduce the risk of contamination but do not eliminate it; therefore gloves are not a substitute for hand hygiene.
The assessment should include:
• who is at risk and whether sterile or non-sterile gloves are required;
• what the risk is, i.e. the potential for exposure to blood, body fluids, secretions or