Protecting service users, staff and volunteers from infection

Working in a care environment requires all staff and volunteers to ensure that they maintain what?
A clean+hygienic working environment+ minimise the likelihood of passing on infection
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What must the professional do in order to keep themselves and the service users safe from infection?
They must ensure that they are familiar with the policies and procedures in place within the setting that they work, in order to minimise the spread of infection
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What are these procedures likely to include? (1)
Washing hands before starting+leaving work, before eating, after using the toilet, after coughing or sneezing and before+ after carrying out any personal care- particularly if this involves contact with body fluids, clinical waste or dirty linen
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Why are alcohol hand rubs used?
Because they are a further effective and swift procedure to ensure that hands are clean and provide further protection from contamination
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What does safe handling+disposal of sharp objects such as needles and syringes avoid the possibility of?
'needle-stick' injuries to ensure that infection is not passed on through viruses in the blood or bacteria
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What is the process involving soiled linen?
Soiled linen should be kept in designated laundry bags, or a bin+not left on the floor. it should always be washed in a designated laundry room. during handling, a protective apron+gloves should be worn. hands must be thoroughly washed after.
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What is the process involving soiled linen? (2)
Separate trolley's should be used for soiled and clean laundry to avoid cross contamination and the spread of disease
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What should be worn when dealing with bodily fluids, open wounds, rashes or pressure ulcers etc?
Protective disposable gloves and aprons
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What should be followed when cleaning/sterilising equipment?
The agreed procedures for a specific setting
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When should protective clothing be worn?
For any activities that involve close personal care or contact with bodily fluids
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What must the professional do in order to keep themselves and the service users safe from infection?

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They must ensure that they are familiar with the policies and procedures in place within the setting that they work, in order to minimise the spread of infection

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What are these procedures likely to include? (1)

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Why are alcohol hand rubs used?

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What does safe handling+disposal of sharp objects such as needles and syringes avoid the possibility of?

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