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 (Control of Diseases) Act 1984
- Provides information on the legal requirements for the reporting of contagious or infectious diseases, for example, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, HIV and Legionella.
Food Safety Act 1990
The requirements of this act apply to any area where food is prepared, stored or eaten. Control is required to ensure that the risks of any infection, as a result of bad handling of food, are minimised. Local and central government employ staff to inspect premises without any advance notice. (Environmental Health Officers).
Food hygiene
In many health care environments there may be infection control responsibilities under the Food
Safety Act 1990 and the Food Safety Act (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995.
Under this legislation, care workers who handle food must:
· Keep themselves and their workplace clean
· Wear suitable clean, washable or disposable, protective clothing
· Protect food from any possible contamination
· Abide by regulations setting out safe temperature controls for storage, preparation and display of food
· Inform their employer of any illness which may affect their safe handling of food.
These regulations also require that employees who handle food as part of their normal duties should also undertake specific food hygiene training.
Reporting Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995
The
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