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Explain employees roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection?
They have to always be aware of and report changes in the health conditions of the individuals that they support. They also have a responsibility to assist with keeping work areas, and equipment clean, tidy and free from infection hazards. [ They are also encouraged to maintain good personal hygiene for themselves as well as their service users. For example, helping service users bathe, use the
toilet and change remove and dispose of any soiled clothing. Another responsibility they hold is preparing and maintaining environment before and after episodes of patient care. They are also required to carry out general household duties, including, cleaning and making beds, decontaminating equipment, clearing up any spillages that may occur and disposing of any clinical waste. It is also very important for some specialist care workers, such as senior health and social care workers, to monitor the working methods of members of staff, which means making sure that they are doing their jobs appropriately and to the right standards. They also need to make sure that any potential risks or health hazards are reported to an appropriate person. (Mitchie.V, Baker.L,2008). Managers Managers of health and social care settings have a particular responsibility to ensure that the care setting is safe for patients, service users, visitors and members of staff. They do this by ensuring that an up-to-date infection control policy is written up and includes the roles and responsibilities of all staff in relation to the prevention of infection and what to do if there was an outbreak of infectious disease.They also need to produce reports regularly that describes that the systems in place for prevention and control of infection are working properly and are taken seriously. For example, risk assessments, incidences of infection and how they were dealt with and staff training. (Mitchie.V, Baker.L,2008). Specialist Health workers Specialised care workers, such as infection control nurses have a particular responsibility to ensure that the organisation's infection control policies and ]
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Explain employees roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection?
Weegy: Infection is a major cause of human suffering. Even relatively minor infections can become more serious, leading to major infection and can, in some cases, lead to patient death. [ In addition to patient suffering, infection causes distress to family and friends. The costs to the health care system of providing care for those with infections are huge. In addition to concerns over the growing costs to health care, the use of antibiotics to treat these infections is thought to be contributing towards the problems surrounding antibiotic resistance. The NHS plan, published in 1999, stipulates that all NHS organisations should have effective systems in place to tackle Health care Associated Infection (HCAI) in order to minimise the risk to patients and staff. For all these reasons prevention and control of infections are issues of very great practical importance for every health care worker. ] (More)
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Explain employees roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection?
Weegy: Infection control addresses factors related to the spread of infections within the health-care setting (whether patient-to-patient, from patients to staff and from staff to patients, or among-staff), [ including prevention (via hand hygiene/hand washing, cleaning/disinfection/sterilization, vaccination, surveillance), monitoring/investigation of demonstrated or suspected spread of infection within a particular health-care setting (surveillance and outbreak investigation), and management (interruption of outbreaks). It is on this basis that the common title being adopted within health care is "Infection Prevention & Control." ] (More)
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The Health and Safety Legislation require that employers have a duty of care to protect employee for example:
* Provide a safe workplace
* Carry out risk assessments to assess the dangers of certain work activities
* Provide training to staff
* Provide PPE
* Ensure regular health and safety checks are undertaken.

The employer should have infection prevention control policies and procedures for the staff.

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