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Assess how the suggested measures to manage an outbreak of infection meet legal requirements and guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in a health or social care setting

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D1 UNIT 39 Infection control and prevention D1 Assess how the suggested measures to manage an outbreak of infection meet legal requirements and guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in a health or social care setting An outbreak of an infection is when it affects more than just one individual. Infections can spread among people very quickly and in many cases have not been prevented in spreading and has caused countless outbreaks throughout the decades. When infections begin to spread there are many ways to stop and control the outbreak. In recent years there have been many out breaks within health and social care settings that have caused several deaths. In 2007 there was an outbreak of the super bug MRSA similar to the epidemic of measles in 2012 about.com (online: 2012). Outbreaks are consent scene within the world but all settings need to be aware of the control measure that they need to put in to place to stop them becoming worldwide. An outbreak may be controlled by eliminating or reducing the source of infection, interrupting transmission and protecting persons at risk. When the measures to control an outbreak are put in place they need to follow the legal requirements and guidelines. ...read more.

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The food safety act states that individuals working with food need to be trained about the importance of hand washing and when there is most need to wash hands. For example after working with meat the hands need to be washed as there would be infectious bacteria?s on the hands that need to be removed before going on to the next task. This was stated by the department of health (2012: online). Hand washing is a safety measure that is crucial in preventing infections and is needed in most legislations and regulations related to infection control. The World Health Organisation and the Health Department yearly improve the stand of cleaning hands and make sure that as health and social care facilities increase the risk of infections is reduced according to the world health organisation (2012:online). Environmental hygiene/ Waste management This is another measure that is used to control infectious outbreaks. Health and social care settings can provide the ideal environment for micro- organisms to grow and be transmitted from staff to service users. This is because of the vast amount of people living under one roof and also due to weak immune systems that are unable to tolerate any bad pathogens. ...read more.

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Protective isolation: this is where the individuals who are at risk of catching infections due to weak immune systems are isolated. Both of these forms of isolation can take place in controlling infections from spreading within blue cable care home. Infection control guidelines for care home (2007: online) The Public Health Regulation department of health (online: 2010) also informs settings that when staffs work with patients who are in isolation they need to be present with a member of the health protection team. When a person is isolated all the previous mentioned measure should also be practiced when working with the isolated individual. For example hand washing, cleaning and decontamination and movement. Transfer and movement of patients should be kept to a minimum to reduce the risk of infection transmission and should only be undertaken for clinical reasons. Overall Isolation, personal protective equipment, hand washing and environmental hygiene some of the safety measure that are put in place to reduce infections and prevent infectious outbreaks. The source of all these safety measures comes from guidelines, legislations and regulations which mean that they need to be enforced on all staff to contemplate and clearly understand the reason behind why they are set and how they can have the most effective way in being able to control infectious outbreaks. ...read more.

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