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10 Steps to Take If You Want to Prevent the Spread of Infection in Healthcare Environments

Posted May 15, 2020 by in Health + Fitness

    

The Covid-19 pandemic seriously impacted hospitals and other medical facilities. As a result, emphasis has been placed on preventing infection. Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities were not prepared for the pandemic. All medical facilities should have infection control procedures.

Here’s a look at some ways to prevent the spread of infection:

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Isolation Procedures

Isolation procedures should be used for patients who have an infectious disease. There are two types of isolation: source and protective. Source isolation is aimed at confining the disease and stopping the spread. Protective isolation is designed to protect immunocompromised patients from infection. Patients with certain conditions should be isolated immediately. These conditions include rashes, fevers, and diarrhea.

Many medical facilities find that Isolation Carts come in handy. Everything nurses need to implement isolation control can be placed in the cart and wheeled from place to place.

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Change Linens Daily

Bed linens should be changed daily. It’s so easy for germs to get on the linens, and they need to be cleaned properly. Studies show dirty linens contribute to outbreaks of clostridium difficile. This is a common hospital infection that causes infectious diarrhea.

Wear Shoes

Patients should never be allowed to walk barefoot. Bacteria lives on floors, and individuals can pick germs up on the bottom of their feet. Urge patients to wear slipper socks if they don’t want to wear shoes.

Have Personal Protective Equipment Available

All medical facilities must have isolation-appropriate PPE available. This is a major problem that resulted in many COVID-19 deaths. Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities did not have PPE. Protective isolation protocol needs to be used for the elderly. Isolation PPE includes gowns, gloves, shoe covers, face shields, and masks.

Hand Hygiene

Hand washing is the most important thing a person can do to prevent infection. One of the first things healthcare workers learn is proper hand-washing techniques. Hands should be wet when soap is applied. Rub your hands together to spread the soap. Continue to rub for 20 seconds.

Rinse hands well under warm water. In addition, always wash your hands going into a patient’s room and before leaving it. Patients and families should be taught proper hand-washing techniques.

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Environmental Cleanliness

Every room in a facility should be cleaned with a bleach-based agent between patients. Common areas like the nurses’ station and restrooms should be sanitized daily. This helps to prevent the accidental transmission of any bacteria.

Have a Standard Infection Control Policy

The law requires healthcare facilities to have an infection control policy. The policy includes hand-washing, the use of gloves, and proper PPE techniques. The facility should also have a way to identify patients who are more likely to develop a contagious illness. There should be regular teaching sessions for the staff on the policy.

Use Gloves

Staff members should know when gloves are necessary. For instance, gloves are always worn when giving a shot or during a treatment. The gloves should be immediately disposed of as well as the used needle.

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Also…

Remind the cafeteria to keep foods at proper temperatures. Many nasty illnesses spread due to spoiled food. Further, make sure all staff members are properly vaccinated. Following these rules will keep the staff and patients safe from bacteria.