Unit 21 – the Principles of Infection, Prevention and Control.

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Diploma level 2

Unit 21 – The principles of infection, prevention and control.

1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections.

Everyone working in a health and social care setting is responsible for preventing infection. Health and social care practitioners must avoid getting and passing on pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses that cause illness.

As a health or social care practitioner you should: • Maintain high standards of personal health and hygiene • Be aware of the infection control policies and procedures that are used in your workplace. • Follow best practice in infection prevention and control • Maintain a clean and hygienic environment • Report
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cleaning solutions) that pose a |
| |danger. All work places must have a COSHH information file available for workers|
|Hazardous waste regulation 2005 |Concerns the disposal of sharps and clinical waste, which pose a particular |
| |infection hazard. |
|Code of practice for the prevention and control of Healthcare Associated |Provides guidance on ways to reduce the incidence of HCAI |
|Infection (HCAI); Regulation 12; 2010 | |

Diploma level 2

Unit 21 – The principles of infection, prevention and control.

3. Understand systems and procedures relating to the prevention and control of infections.

Standard precautions or universal precautions, as they are sometimes called, recognise that all individuals pose a potential infection risk to you and that you pose a potential infection risk to others.
To apply standard precautions in practice you should: • Risk-assess all potential infection hazards in your day-to-day

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