Infection Control Audits
Infection, prevention and control measures aim to protect residents, clients, services users, visitors and staff from acquiring an infection and to control infection transmission when it is identified. The basic principles of infection prevention and control are:
- Environmental hygiene – providing a clean and safe hospital for residents and clients to receive the medical care they need
- Trained staff, who will always act to prevent infections, and recognise how to control the spread of any identified new infection
- To provide a high standard of support services alongside clinical care, such as laundry, sterile medical equipment, waste management and cleaning
- To provide information to residents, clients and carers about infection prevention and what to expect when an infection is identified
- To include residents and clients in the provision of good infection prevention measures by encouraging and enabling good hygiene and handwashing and providing information to enable residents and clients to make choices in their care
We can support you to work within the guidelines set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections.
The law states that the code must be taken into account by the Care Quality Commission when it makes decisions about registration and that providers must have regard to the code when deciding how they will meet the regulations. However, the code is not mandatory, so registered providers do not by law have to comply with the code. A registered provider may be able to demonstrate that it meets the regulations in a different way (equivalent or better) from that described in this document.
The aim of the Infection Control Audit is to support Healthcare providers to comply with this code. This will include:
- Policy formulation and implementation
- Education of all staff clinical and non-clinical
- Audit and produce a service improvement
- Outbreak management advice
To get the support you need to make sure that all of your staff are appropriately trained in infection prevention and control, contact one of our friendly team members today.