Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a systematic, evidence-based method aimed at preventing preventable infections from harming patients and health professionals. Eliminating health-care-associated infections saves money, lowers the spreading of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), & supports high-quality, integrated, people-centered health services.
Why are infection prevention and control important?
Infection outbursts in hospital environments such as nursing homes or hospitals can be exceedingly harmful and even fatal to individuals being cared for.
Many people who are cared for in healthcare facilities are frail, ill, or have poor immune systems, which means that any infection they are subjected to could get them very sick, very rapidly.
In healthcare settings, outbreaks of respiratory diseases such as the flu and Covid-19, as well as intestinal parasites like the Norovirus, are particularly common because they spread quickly.
When people sneeze, cough, or speak, they can inhale infections that have become airborne. Physical contact can also spread them.
Patients in hospital environments are frequently in close contact with those caring for them, such as nurses, doctors, caretakers, and their relatives and friends, raising the risk of infection transmission.
To safeguard the individuals they are caring for, people working in the healthcare environments must closely follow protocols and practices that help prevent diseases from spreading and contain and handle any that are diagnosed.
Who are an infection prevention and control lead?
An individual who has completed the infection prevention and control lead (IPC Lead) program is qualified to take responsibility for preventing and managing infection in a medical environment.
All Basic Care Providers should have an Infection Prevention and Control Lead, as per the Act of Health and Social Care in 2008.
Anybody in an organization who has completed a suitable training course can be designated as the IPC Lead.
The IPC Lead is in charge of the organization’s infection control guidelines and policies, but they may not be able to do all of the job themselves. Instead, extra leaders may be allocated to specific responsibilities, such as cleaning and disinfection.
All employees should be held responsible for ensuring that infection control protocols, such as hand hygiene, are followed.
What does the IPC lead do?
If an outbreak is found, an IPC Lead would implement and oversee policies and practices for both prevention of infection and promptly bringing the infection under control.
- Performing risk evaluations and revising them regularly.
- Infection prevention measures must be managed to ensure that: Staff is wearing proper PPE.
- Hand cleansing and hygienic practices are followed.
- Samples are handled with care.
- Waste is disposed of securely.
- Infection risk is being examined for new residents or patients.
- Infection prevention training for employees.
Training course for Infection Prevention and Controls
The course will teach you all you need to know about infection control and management, as well as how to follow the most up-to-date rules and legislation.
The Certificate of Infection Prevention and Controls (CIC) test is a standardized assessment of professionals’ knowledge, skills, and competencies in the field of infection prevention and control.
What will you learn:
- Identification of infectious disease processes
- Management and communication
- Servillience and epidemiologic investigation
- Employee/ occupational health
- Preventing/ controlling the transmission of infectious agent
- Environment of care
- Education and research
- Cleaning, disinfection, sterilization of medical devices and equipment.
The essentiality for this department has increased over this pandemic time we all have seen in the past few years. As this time has already taught us about the safety and security we have to consider at our residency. Consider this course to learn the prevention and control majors we have to take at hospital facilities.