infection control

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Unit ICO1 The principles of infection prevention and control

Outcome 1 Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections
1.The main roles and responsibilities of the employee in relation to prevention and control of infection are as follows:
To use protective clothing when needed to stop cross contamination. This includes gloves, aprons and masks.
To wash hands regularly and effectively. This needs to be done after handling food, personal care, toileting etc.
To ensure your health doesn’t pose a risk to others. This can be if you have been vomiting, cold symptoms etc. To avoid cross contamination.
To ensure your hygiene is good at all times as not to pose a risk to others by passing on germs and …show more content…

It could be fatal resulting in death.
Outcome 4 Understand the importance of risk assessment in relation to the prevention and control of infections
1.Risk is a situation, action or event that may cause harm or damage to an individual or to yourself. Risk of infection can be not hand washing, not cleaning equipment after use and not disposing of clinical waste safely and properly as not to cause cross contamination.

2.Infections are unavoidable in the care home as there are so many risks. Potential risks can include the poor hygiene of a resident. This can be caused by them refusing to wash or bathe. Food poisoning is a risk if the kitchen and food surface aren’t kept clean at all times. Another potential risk is not cleaning equipment after use, as this can cross contaminate others causing harm to them. You must also make sure you dispose of clinical waste in the correct way, in the correct bins and tie bags up straight away as this can lead to a risk of infection.

3. Five steps to risk assessment can be followed to ensure that your risk assessment is carried out correctly, these steps are as follows:
Identify the hazards - Hazards can be identified by using a number of different techniques. This can include walking around the workplace, asking employees and asking family members.
Who might be harmed and how? - Once hazards have been identified you need to understand who will be harmed and how. This could be the resident themselves, the staff or visitors.

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