A set of infection control practices put in place to avoid transmission of diseases are standard precautions taken by healthcare agencies. When providing care to all individuals, measures against diseases that can be acquired through blood, body fluids, non-intact skin (such as rashes), and mucous membranes should be used, whether the patient appears infectious or not. Health Management Solutions in Miami provides consulate health care and infection control risk assessment so that you can be the best health care agency possible. Call us today for your health administration needs!
Protocol For Prevention of Infection
Firstly and most importantly, hand hygiene is essential. Even when hands are not visibly soiled, washing hands with plain or anti-bacterial soap and water is required both before and after contact with a client, immediately following contact with blood, body fluids, non-intact skin, mucous membranes, or contaminated items (even with gloves on). The standard protocol for hand hygiene also applies following and prior to eating, after using the restroom, and after coughing or sneezing. Next: PPE. Gloves, gowns, masks, respirators, and eyewear used to protect skin, clothing, mucous membranes, and the respiratory tract from infection are called personal protective equipment (PPE). While PPE alone cannot eliminate worker exposure, PPE are employed as an additional barrier when work practices and engineering controls by themselves are unable to get rid of worker exposure. Protocol regarding PPE includes wearing gloves when touching blood, body fluids, non-intact skin, mucous membranes, and contaminated items, and wearing a surgical mask and goggles or face shield if there is a chance that a splash or spray of blood or body fluids can happen to the eyes, mouth, or nose. To learn more about what your healthcare agency should be employing to keep its employees safe, contact Health Management Solutions for consulate health care services.
Infection Control Risk Assessment
Infection control is an essential portion of providing safe, quality health care. One thing that you need to be aware of is the disposal of PPE. Some things to keep in mind are that if PPE or other disposable items are saturated with blood, they need to be discarded in a biohazard bag. PPE may be placed directly in the trash if it is not saturated. There are OSHA PPE Standards you should be aware of, as they require you as an employer to provide PPE for employees with hazard exposure within their place of work, to train workers on the proper utilization of PPE, and how to maintain, store, and dispose of PPE properly. There are also further risk control factors such as the proper disposal and use of needles and client areas. This includes disinfecting client areas where surfaces are commonly touched by patients as well as measure to avoid the spread of infectious diseases in clinics through respiratory means.
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Routine infection control risk assessment is key to maintaining a safe and sanitary health care agency and to keep your employees safe. Health Management Solutions provides an array of highly specialized and technical practice management services. Call Health Management Solutions in Miami today for your consulate health care needs!