Infection Control for Healthcare Level 2 (VTQ)

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How to Reduce Your Risk

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Reducing Risk of Infection: Workplace Precautions

Standard Precautions

Standard precautions are essential in all workplaces to mitigate the risk of exposure to infectious material. Key precautions include:

  • Treating all bodily fluids as potentially infectious: Every bodily fluid should be handled with caution.
  • Following employer's Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan: This plan outlines:
    • Training requirements
    • Work practice controls
    • Engineering controls
    • Procedures for exposure incidents
  • Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Always utilise PPE provided by your employer, including gloves, masks, eye protection, aprons, and CPR shields.
  • Familiarising yourself with PPE: Know how to use and locate your PPE within the workplace.
  • Checking first aid kits: Ensure they contain disposable gloves, face shields, or rescue masks.

Additional Precautions

Further steps to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Avoiding certain activities: Refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, applying cosmetics, or handling contact lenses in areas where exposure to bloodborne pathogens is possible.
  • Handling trash: Do not compress trash with hands and lift trash bags away from the body.
  • Handling laundry: Adhere to facility procedures and wear PPE.
  • Dealing with needles and sharps: Discard in appropriate containers and avoid recapping needles. Utilise safer medical devices as required by regulations.
  • Handling specimens: Follow Health and Safety at Work Act and COSHH regulations. Additional regulations may apply, such as the carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Receptacles Regulations 1996.
  • Posting potentially infectious material: Follow Post Office guidelines for safe posting, ensuring containers have screw-caps to minimise leakage.

Consult relevant authorities and websites for detailed instructions and regulations regarding the handling and transportation of specimens.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit one LO2.1, 2.2 & 2.3
  • IPOSi Unit one LO3.2