Infection Control Summary

Points to Remember

  • A person may be infectious without any visible signs of illness and this forms the basis of our infection control policies and procedures.
  • Assume that everyone is potentially infectious and treat everyone in the same way by practising infection control procedures
  • Do you have cuts, skin tears, exposed deeper skin layers (dermatis), lesions that put you and the resident at greater risk?
  • Routine practices essential for effective infection control, such as aseptic technique, handling of sharps, use of single-use equipment, reprocessing of instruments, antibiotic use and the appropriate use of antiseptics and disinfectants.
  • Identify and Report Hazards and Risks;
  • Wet hands have been know to transfer pathogens much more readily than dry hands or hands not washed at all. The residual moisture determines the level of bacterial and viral transfer following hand washing.  Careful hand drying is a critical factor for bacterial transfer to skin, food and environmental surfaces.
  • Memorise when hand washing is required
  • Use alcohol hand rubs in addition to hand washing
  • Ensure Management is implemeneting and reviewing infection control measures

Questions You Should Know the Answers To

  • What is the best way to sneeze if you have to?
  • What infectious diseases should ring alarm bells?
  • When is Resident Isolation required?
  • What is the Best hand washing technique?
  • When do you use protective equipment
  • Is equipment is good working order?
  • What do you do if a patient has infectious disease?
  • How do you handle blood, excrement to reduce the chances of contamination?
  • Where do I get more information ?

Infection Control