FAQ - THE INFECTION CONTROL AWARENESS TRAINING COURSE
Frequently Asked Questions
Infection control and prevention is essential for workplaces that are at risk of passing on an infection. But our training experts often get asked what is infection control? And What are the standard precautions? So, to save you the trouble of looking further, we have put together the most common questions we get asked. Just click to expand the answer!
What is infection control and why is it so important?
Infection control prevents or stops the spread of infections and it's one of the top priorities for health care organisations.
Everyone must understand the importance of Infection control so much more now than ever because bacteria and germs can spread at an uncontrollable speed and ensuring strict infection control prevention and best practices is essential for the health and wellbeing of patients, visitors and staff. In order to protect themselves and others, it's important that everyone regularly washes their hands and minimises interaction with others if they feel ill. Staff should also wear adequate PPE in a correct manner, such as aprons, masks and gloves.
How long does an infection control certificate last?
Our infection Control certificate doesn't expire!
However, it is recommended, based on industry best practice guidelines, to complete it annually. This is to refresh the general knowledge of your staff on infection control and legislation, or as the Infection Control Training Course is updated regularly, they can learn any new infection control procedures. It is just as important as it proves to institutions such as the CQC, HSE or OFSTED that your staff's knowledge is up to date on infection control.
What are the standard precautions for infection control?
The standard precautions are the minimum infection prevention and control practices that must be used for all patients in all situations. The Infection Control Training standard precautions include:
- Hand hygiene - considered the most important infection control measure for reducing the spread of infection.
- Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) e.g.gloves, masks, eyewear and aprons.
- Respiratory & cough hygiene (‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ technique) - Implement measures to limit the transmission of respiratory spread from either coughing, sneezing or running noses.
- Safe disposal of waste - Items like used gloves, aprons, swaps, dressing and other sharp or non-sharp contaminated with patient blood or saliva will need to be disposed of safely.
- Safe management of body fluid - Blood, vomit or urine pose an infection risk in healthcare settings, such as care homes or hospitals, so the safe and effective management of spillage is essential.
- Safe management of care equipment -reusable patient care equipment can easily become contaminated. The World Health Organisation advise, where possible, that items should be used once and disposed of.
- Clean and disinfected environmental surfaces - cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of equipment and surfaces are crucial in healthcare facilities to ensure vulnerable patients aren't at risk of cross-contamination.
- Safe handling and disposal of linen - a linen deposit should be available to quickly dispose of linen once it's been used.
What are the two basic goals of infection control?
The two goals of infection control are to protect the patient and the health care personnel, such as nurses, carers, doctors or care staff, from infection and to reduce the infections by finding out how they started.
What is the most important aspect of infection control?
The most important aspect of infection control is hand washing. Frequent and proper handwashing helps to significantly reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
Did you know that there are over 93 contact episodes per hour between patients, nurses, carers and visitors in healthcare facilities? There are five critical points for when hands should be washed:
1. before touching a patient
2. before clean/aseptic procedures
3. after body fluid exposure
4. after touching a patient
5. after touching the patient surroundings
Who is responsible for ensuring infection control training is undertaken?
Although the CQC are responsible for ensuring infection control training is undertaken in the health and social care sector, it’s up to the care company to ensure their staff have completed Infection Prevention and Control training to meet the CQC requirements and guidelines. The CQC inspectors go by these questions and prompts to look at how well staff and people living in care homes are protected by infection prevention and control. The 8 questions are:
- Are all types of visitors prevented from catching and spreading infection?
- How are people supported to use and access their environment safely?
- Are people admitted into the service safely?
- Does the service use PPE effectively to safeguard staff and people using services?
- Is there adequate access and take up of testing for staff and people using services?
- Does the layout of premises, use of space and hygiene practice promote safety?
- Do staff training, practices and deployment show the service can prevent transmission of infection and/or manage outbreaks?
- Is IPC policy up to date and implemented effectively to prevent and control infection?