Train Healthcare’s Infection and prevention control course. Stay Sate and prevent the spread of COVID-19
Train Healthcare’s Infection and prevention control course teaches candidates the fundamentals of infection control and its management in a variety of health and social care settings. Candidates will also gain evidence-based knowledge regarding current challenges in infection control. They will practice the management and strategies for the prevention of infection. The online training module of the course will help you obtain a clear direction to enhance not only your infection control practice but also that of your team, therefore improving any patient outcomes.
In 2002 the Government reported that Infection Control was not prioritised enough on the NHS. Improvement was needed in surveillance, reporting of results, compliance, education and training.
In 2003 “Winning Ways” looked at a multifactorial process to reduce HCAI. Infection Prevention and Control has since remained high on the political, Department of Health, patient, carer and healthcare providers agenda.
Approximately, 300,000 patients a year in England are affected by a healthcare-associated infection as a result of care within the NHS
In 2007, MRSA bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile infections were recorded as the underlying cause of, or a contributory factor in, approximately 9000 deaths in hospital and primary care in England (NICE, 2012)
Healthcare-associated infections are estimated to cost the NHS nearly £1 billion a year, £56 million of this is estimated to be incurred after patients are discharged from hospital, and now Coronavirus ((COVID-19) to date 08/04/2020 has taken over 50,000 lives worldwide and 6,159 lives in the UK alone.
The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential for health and safety in specific environments and clinical settings. The selection of PPE must be based on an assessment of the risk of transmission of micro-organisms to the patient or the carer, and the risk of contamination of the healthcare worker’s clothing and skin/mucous membranes by patients’ blood, body fluids, secretions and excretions.
The use of PPE is considered standard in certain situations. It is one of the elements of Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs), which apply to contact with blood, body fluids, non-intact skin and mucous membranes.
Everybody involved in providing care should be educated about SICPs and trained in the use of PPE. The benefit of wearing PPE is two-fold, offering protection to both patients/clients and those caring for them.
Some Tips to help stop the spread of infections
Hand washing Techniques. Start with soap and water.
- Wet hands with water
- Apply enough soap to cover at hand surfaces
- Rub hands palm to palm
- Rub back of each hand with the palm of other hard with fingers interlaced
- Rub palm to palm with interlaced
- Rub with the back of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked
- Rub each thumb clasped in opposite hand using a rotational movement
- Rub tips of the finger in the opposite palm in a circular motion
- Rub each wrist with the opposite hand
- Rinse hands with water
- Use elbow to turn off the tap
- Dry thoroughly with a single-use towel
- Hand-washing should take 15-30 seconds
To avail of Train Healthcare’s online Infection control course, click here. This course is fully aligned with the Core Skills Training Framework