Taking a Look at Infection Control

674 WordsFeb 22, 20183 Pages
There are innumerable ways in which infections and bacteria can be spread throughout many environments, especially in hospitals settings, this generally occurs as patients are often vulnerable. In this paper, the prevention of bacteria, infections and infection control will be discussed, as an act to hinder the spread of infections using hand hygiene. Strategies to prevent the spread of infection will be also discussed and explored through the use of an example case study of Mrs. Jones. 
 By using the case study of Mrs. Jones, the role of the nurse will be discussed, in relation to hand hygiene. When coming into contact with Mrs. Jones, or any patient, a nurse must only do so after completing appropriate hand hygiene, either debug (if hand aren't visibly soiled) or hand washing (if hands are visibly soiled), this can halt infectious agents that can put other patients at risk. Identifying the spread of infection Infections are the result from the presents of pathogens (Dempsey, Hillege & Hill, 2014). There are six components in the process of infection; Infectious agent, reservoir, portal of exit, means of transmission, portal of entry and the susceptible host (Dempsey, Hillege & Hill, 2014). Infectious agents, such as bacteria and virus’, are the most conspicuous way to spread infection within hospital settings, this may be because of the low immunity of patients, and the frequency in which people move around. The spread of infection can occur in any stage, whether it
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