With International Infection Prevention Week in full swing (15-21st October), now is the perfect time to talk about how you can control the risk of infection for staff and residents in your care home.
The theme for this year’s event is Antibiotic Resistance. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, leading to longer hospital stays and higher medical costs.
Infection control should be at the top of your agenda not just this week, but every week, so read on below to get some inspiration for how to pick up the conversation in your organisation.
In care homes, it is a legal requirement to have a member of staff in charge of managing infection prevention. In addition to this, a wider communication and training strategy should be put in place to ensure that all staff members understand best practice, and know how their role fits in with overarching infection control policies.
Take a pro-active approach to effective infection control by encouraging involvement from all colleagues in your care home. Organise regular team meetings with staff to encourage them to discuss best practice and look for any areas of improvement, perhaps focusing on a different area of infection prevention each week. You could also try using posters to raise awareness around your organisation, such as these free infection control posters from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Refresher training should be provided to ensure that all team members are clear on how to carry out procedures in practice. You could also try implementing an online work management tool to keep track of what training each team member has carried out, and when it will need to be refreshed.
Talking about infection control with other organisations is also a great idea, and could help you to pick up some new ideas along the way. Keep an eye on social media this International Infection Prevention Week, and follow the Twitter hashtag #IIPWChat to see the discussion.
Having the right equipment and supplies in place is vital for infection control, and here at Care Shop we offer a wide range of products to assist with every aspect of best practice.
Hand washing is one of the most important ways to control infection, and in addition to using soap, a hand sanitiser is a highly effective way of reducing the number of microbes. Although hand sanitisers cannot eliminate all germs, they are a practical option for sanitising on-the-go, and can be offered to visitors to prevent the introduction of new infections.
Wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in care homes is also vital. At Care Shop, we stock an extensive range of infection control PPE, including disposable aprons, masks, overshoes and bio hazard bags.
To improve infection control, you’ll also need to stock up on the essentials, and here at Care Shop we offer a wide range of disinfectants, from heavy-duty disinfectant solutions to sanitising wipes which are quick, easy and effective to use on a wide range of surfaces.
Be prepared for infection control at all times with the wide range of infection control supplies available online with Care Shop, with free next day delivery if you spend £75 or more.