Infection Control Policy & Procedure

A member of staff would be liable under criminal law (provision and use of work equipment Act 1998) for injury caused by the reuse of single items.

A member of staff could be held liable under criminal law (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974) for reusing a single use item.

DEFINITIONS

DECONTAMINATION

A term used for the destruction of microbial contamination. The term decontamination includes sterilization, disinfection and cleaning.

CLEANING

A term used to remove dirt, dust and organic matter such as blood and faces.

DISINFECTION

This is a process of removing or killing most viable organisms

STERILIZATION

This is a process of removing or killing organisms, dead micro organisms and toxins.

HAND WASHING

Hands are to be thoroughly washed with soap and water and dried before and after gloves have been worn.

DECONTAMINATION OF SINGLE DEVICES

Single use devises have legal implications and can affect safety and effectiveness of the devise and must be disposed of after use.

EXAMPLES OF SINGLE USE DEVICES:

• Catheters (leg drainage bags)
• Contiwipes
• Conveens
• Sealed night drainage bags
• Gloves
• Aprons
• Face masks
• Wet shave razor blades
• Disposable sheets

ALL ITEMS ARE TO BE DISPOSED IF IN AN OUTISDE BIN

DECONTAMINATION OF REUSABLE DEVICES

Reusable devises have legal implications and can affect safety and effectiveness of the devise and must be decontaminated before use and between service user uses.

EXAMPLES OF REUSABLE DEVICES:

• Baths
• Bed pans/ urinals
• Washing bowels
• Commodes
• Hoists
• Hoist slings
• Mattresses
• Medicine pots/cups
• Electric Razors
• Toilets
• Vomit bowls
• Sahara sheets
• O2 masks
• Volumatic’s

MANAGEMENT OF BLOOD AND OTHER BODILY FLUIDS

It is the responsibility of staff to ensure that blood and bodily fluid spillage is cleaned up safely. All blood and bodily fluids must be considered a potential infection hazard. It is important that gloves and aprons are worn when attending to such spillage. The spillage must be removed as soon as possible.

1. Blood splashes on floors and walls and other surfaces.
Clean immediately with hot water and detergent using a disposable cloth.

2. Blood and other spillage on floors
The spillage can be absorbed with paper towels or similar material. Dispose of paper towels. Mop floor with hot water and detergent.

3. Spillage of blood or other bodily fluids onto skin of staff.
Intact skin
Wash off with soap and water

BROKEN SKIN

If sharps have occurred encourage the wound to bleed. Wash with soap and warm water. Cover with a waterproof dressing.

RECORDING

When any of the items listed in the table ‘Decontamination methods’ have been attended to then this must be recorded in the daily record sheet, so the following team are aware of any spillages and what action was taken.

I have completed the induction training on infection control and understand the contents and will follow the procedures in the course of my duties.

SIGNATURES

Essential Homecare Services

Employee

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