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6 – Unit 80 Supporting infection prevention and Control in Social Care

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1.1 Explain how infection prevention policies and guidelines can be applied in own work setting

In my work setting, infection prevention policies and guidelines can be applied in multiple ways to ensure the safety of all staff members, residents and visitors. One way is by following all handwashing protocols outlined before entering a resident’s room or communal area, such as wearing gloves and washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after contact with any surface that could potentially have been contaminated. Additionally, it is important to practice safe distancing when interacting with other individuals, as well as prevent people from sharing items like clothing.

When disposing of materials used for cleaning, it must also be done according to policy using protective gear (such as face masks) if necessary since these objects may carry infectious agents that need to be properly contained without further contaminating our surroundings. Proper procedures should always be followed when dealing with medical waste, including secure containers so no one accidentally comes into contact with them, which will minimise risks associated with cross-contamination even further.

All staff members must also be up to date with any new policies or changes that have been implemented, so everyone is aware of the best practices in our work setting for infection prevention and control. This includes additional safety guidelines like wearing protective clothing when cleaning certain areas, as well as regular education on proper procedures during our monthly meetings.

Also, an appointed infection prevention and control (IPC) officer is available to provide additional guidance if needed. This person is responsible for monitoring the spread of infections, making sure all staff members are following proper protocols and providing education about best practices in our work setting. The IPC officer also assesses any potential risks associated with certain tasks or areas that may not have been considered previously so further steps can be taken to protect everyone involved.

Other answers in the full document:

  • 1.2 Identify differences in the ways in which infection prevention and control policies and guidance are implemented in a range of work settings
  • 2.6 Explain the functions of external bodies in supporting infection prevention and control in the work setting
  • 3.3 Explain why particular devices need special handling to minimise the spread of infection
  • 4.1 Explain how to work with others to identity infection outbreaks in own work setting
  • 4.2 Explain how to work with others to implement policies and procedures following an infection outbreak
  • 4.3 Describe how to provide information about outbreaks of infection in accessible formats to individuals and others
  • 4.4 Describe ways to ensure that care for the individual is provided in the most appropriate place
  • 4.5 Describe situations where additional guidance may need to be accessed to manage infection prevention and control incidents
  • 5.1 Describe the process for sharing information about infections and suspected infections within own work setting
  • 5.2 Describe processes for reporting accidents and incidents relating to infection prevention and control within own work setting

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