Dec 16

Infection Control

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Hospitals in the UK have dedicated infection control teams which develop policies and procedures to ensure an effective infection control programme. Their prime aim is to reduce the risk of infection.

Hospitals can actually be quite prone to infections. Taking into account the number of visitors, patients and staff in any hospital establishment it is not difficult to understand how viruses and harmful bacteria can be present.

A comprehensive infection control programme will cover intravenous drips, surgical equipment and thorough cleansing of operating theatres to ensure that any infection is kept to a minimum. Doctors wear masks when in the operating theatre, gloves to ensure that bacteria cannot be passed on to their patients and particular care is taken with regard to regular hand hygiene.

The press are quick to point out the dangers of MRSA and Norovirus and we have all heard about instances on the news where hospitals have been held liable for negligence in certain aspects of infection control.

All hospitals need to keep auditing records designed to ensure that the hospital policies and guidance is adhered to. The closure of a ward or several wards can cause serious disruption to any hospital and the financial implications can be nothing short of disasterous, often creating a backlog of patients and serious issues with existing patients who may need to be seperated from others due to acquiring an infection.

As a visitor to any hospital you have a moral duty to make sure that you follow advice with regard to hand hygiene and no one should visit a hospital without consultation if they have a contagious disease, flu symptoms or any other afflication that my cause harm to others.

The most effective way of preventing the spread of infection in hospitals is actually hand hygiene. This is why hospitals provide regular hand hygiene points which staff, patients and visitors alike are expected to use. Alcholic gel is the most common form of hand cleansing. It is more effective than soap and water and is designed to kill a wide range of germs that can be present on your hands.

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