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Infection, Prevention and Control

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Infection, Prevention and Control M2, D1 and D2. Identifying the Hazard. Assessing the Risks. Recording the Risks. Removing or Reducing the Risk. Legislation Reviewing the Risks. Mr AT Risk's fellow patients were all elderly. This could be a risk because; the elderly all have a weaker immune system to other adults. It does not say what illness all of the patients are suffering from. Whenever a patient is brought into the hospital they should be put into a ward were, all of the patients are suffering from the same illness. This way it can minimise the amount of illnesses which are being spread about in one ward. This can be reviewed each time a new patient comes in to the hospital, they can be shown the specific ward they are being placed in. The ward was short staffed. If a ward is short staffed then the patients will not be given the correct amount of care that they may need/want to have. More staff should be made available or hired so that all of the patients can be given the correct amount of care. If they haven't got enough staff members on, then the patients will become frustrated and this can lead to complaints being made about the hospital. ...read more.

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This can have a negative outcome because the visitor can pick up illnesses from the patients bed such as vomiting and diarrhoea. A member if staff should walk around each of the wards during visiting hours to make sure that no visitors are on the patients beds. Food was brought on to the ward and distributed amongst the patients. The food which visitors bring in may not be suitable for all of the patients, as they will all have different allergies etc. The food may also be too hard for patients to swallow and this could be a hazard to the individual as they could choke on the food. Choking on foods can be fatal, to elderly patients and young children. The staff must tell the visitors which foods are allowed in to the ward and which are not, for example yoghurts and cram buns would be a bad idea as there are bacteria in these types of foods. But research has shown on the www.news.bbc.co.uk website that : 'A bacterium related to those found in "bio" yoghurts may be able to restrict the growth of the so-called "superbug" MRSA.' ...read more.

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The manager of the hospital should not overcrowd the wards, as it can lead to frustration and tension between the staff and patients as the patients will feel they are not getting enough attention from the staff. The manager should check how many patients that is on each ward. A doctor had just taken blood from Mr Graves and using the same gloves he took blood from Mr At Risk. This is a hazard because some of Mr Graves blood may be on the doctors gloves who is now touching MR AT Risk, and if the blood goes into the place were he is taking the blood from him then this could have very fatal consequences, for example MR AT Risk could get more illnesses and also, he could be at risk of catching HIV. The staff members who are taking blood from the patients should change their gloves and wash their hands before they take the samples from any of the other patients. The manager of the hospital should have a wander around the hospital to see if this regulation is being put into place and if any other the staff is going against this rule they should be sacked on the spot as they are putting the patients life at risk, as they are putting them under the risk of catching HIV. ...read more.

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