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Infection Prevention and Control Policy

Service users within Mental Health setting can be more susceptible to infection than their counterparts in the community. This is often related to pre-existing disease (e.g. Diabetes), invasive procedures or immunosuppressive treatment. Elderly service users are especially susceptible to infection. About 10% of patients in acute hospitals at any one time in England will have a healthcare associated infection (HCAI).

The risk of spread of infection in is increased by the fact that service users are admitted with existing conditions, they share facilities and have considerable contact with nursing and medical staff which provides ample opportunity for spread of infection.
The high incidence of antibiotic use favours the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria which may be difficult to treat. Infections are costly in terms of prolonged patient stay; extra drug and operative therapy, there are also implications for the patient in terms of pain and suffering. There is an ethical duty to minimise risk to patients, and preventing hospital-acquired infection should be an integral part of achieving quality care for patients.

The clinical aspects of prevention of infection are the professional responsibility of the medical, nursing and AHP staff caring for the patient, with the help of the Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) and Infection prevention and control (IPC) nurses. All staff, especially those involved in patient care, have responsibilities for ensuring that IPC principles are applied.

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust aims to minimise the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection, throughout the diversity of settings within the Trust by ensuring that;
• All staff are knowledgeable and practice sound IPC for their area of work.
• Policies and standard operating procedures are available to all clinical areas.
• There is a managed environment, which minimises the risk of infection, to service users, staff, visitors and carers.
• There is a system in place that ensures as far as reasonably practicable that all reusable medical devices are properly decontaminated prior to use and that the risks associated with decontamination facilities and processes are adequately managed.

Link to the full Policy:

Infection Prevention and Control Policy

Link to the Equalities Impact Analysis:

Infection Prevention Control Policy - EIA

Links to the Standard Operating Procedures:

Enteral Feeding SOP 

Outbreak Management SOP

Pandemic Flu SOP

Parasitic Infestations SOP

Parasitic Infestations SOP (Forms)

Standard Precautions SOP

Transfer of Patients SOP

Urinary Catheters - Reducing the risk of infection SOP

Cleaning Spillages of Blood and Body Fluids and - SOP

Aseptic Technique SOP

Glove SOP

Hand Decontamination SOP

Isolation SOP

Management of Antimicrobial Resistant Organisms SOP

Management of MRSA - SOP

Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae SOP

Cleaning of the Environment SOP

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) SOP

Insertion and Monitoring of Intravenous and Subcutaneous Cannula and Infusions SOP

Mattresses / alternating pressure mattresses / couches / trolley covers and pillows Infection Prevention and Control SOP

Sharps injuries and exposure to blood and high risk body fluids SOP

Tuberculosis SOP

Viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF) SOP

Viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF) SOP - Associated Documents

Maintenance, new builds, renovations and refurbishments infection prevention and control implications SOP

Specimens, Collection, handling and transportation SOP

Link to

Clostridium Difficile SOP

Clostridium Difficile SOP - associated documents

Bristol Stool form scale - Associate doc 1

Management of patient with C. Difficile Infection - Associate doc 2

Clostridium Difficile Care Pathway - Associate doc 3

Fluid and Stool Chart - Associate doc 4

Treatment algorithms - Associate doc 5

Clostridium Difficile TransferDischarge Checklist - Associate doc 6

SIGHT - Associate doc 7

Gastroenteritis, Infection Prevention and Control SOP

Gastroenteritis, Infection Prevention and Control SOP - associated documents

Outbreak of Infection Daily checklist - Associate doc 1

Outbreak Recording Sheet - Associate document 2

Outbreak Sign - Associate doc 3

Isolation Sign - Associate doc 4

Bristol Stool form list - Associate doc 5

IPC Team Contact details - Associate doc 6

Inter- Healthcare IPC Transfer Form - Associate doc 7

 the SOP Equalities Impact Analysis:

Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae SOP - EIA

Cleaning of the Environment SOP - EIA

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) SOP - EIA

Insertion and Monitoring of Intravenous and Subcutaneous Cannula and Infusions SOP - EIA

Mattresses / alternating pressure mattresses / couches / trolley covers and pillows Infection prevention and control SOP - EIA

Sharps injuries and exposure to blood and high risk body fluids SOP - EIA

Tuberculosis SOP - EIA

Viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF) SOP - EIA

Transfer of Patients SOP - EIA

Specimens SOP - EIA

Maintenance, new builds, renovations and refurbishments infection preventation and control implications SOP - EIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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