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1 INFECTION CONTROL FOR VOLUNTEERS Jodie Burr Infection Control Coordinator Women’s and Children’s Hospital

2 Infection Control Unit 24 hour infection control service 24 hour infection control service during office hours page during office hours page after hours ring 9 for infectious diseases, consultant on call. after hours ring 9 for infectious diseases, consultant on call. Infection Control Team meet weekly, concerns, enquiry's, issues can be discussed. Infection Control Team meet weekly, concerns, enquiry's, issues can be discussed.

3 Primary Role of Infection Control Prevent nosocomial infections Prevent nosocomial infections Reduce mortality, morbidity, and cost Reduce mortality, morbidity, and cost Educate and advise Educate and advise staff staff patients patients their families their families the community the community Surveillance of nosocomial infections Surveillance of nosocomial infections Policy development, implementation and assessment Policy development, implementation and assessment

4 Nosocomial Infections DEFINITION: DEFINITION: An infection occurring in a patient in whom it was not present or incubating at the time of admission. An infection occurring in a patient in whom it was not present or incubating at the time of admission. Essentially, an infection the patient acquired from being hospitalized

5 Infection Control Precautions Infection control precautions need to be adhered to by everybody, especially those who come into contact with one or more patients. Infection control precautions need to be adhered to by everybody, especially those who come into contact with one or more patients. This will aid in stopping the spread of nosocomial infections. This will aid in stopping the spread of nosocomial infections.

6 Hand hygiene Single most effective method in the prevention of disease transmission Single most effective method in the prevention of disease transmission 80% of hospital acquired infections are thought to be transmitted by hands 80% of hospital acquired infections are thought to be transmitted by hands Wash hands thoroughly if you come into contact with a patient and/or bodily fluids Wash hands thoroughly if you come into contact with a patient and/or bodily fluids Cover all cuts and grazes Cover all cuts and grazes

7 Hand Hygiene Wear gloves where appropriate and wash hands once gloves are removed Wear gloves where appropriate and wash hands once gloves are removed Wash hands before and after meal and toilet breaks Wash hands before and after meal and toilet breaks Soap and water - 15 secs Soap and water - 15 secs Alcohol hand gels Alcohol hand gels

8 Are you unwell? Please do not come into hospital to visit or work when you feel or know you are unwell Please do not come into hospital to visit or work when you feel or know you are unwell Infectious diseases may be spread from you to patients or patients to you Infectious diseases may be spread from you to patients or patients to you Call your supervisor if you Call your supervisor if you are unsure as to whether are unsure as to whether to come to work

9 Your health It is important to know your health and immunization history It is important to know your health and immunization history chicken pox? chicken pox? measles? measles? flu vaccination? flu vaccination? For vaccinations contact ICGP or Risk Management For vaccinations contact ICGP or Risk Management

10 Entering Rooms Patients may be isolated within hospital rooms due to their illness or infectious state Patients may be isolated within hospital rooms due to their illness or infectious state Please take note of signs and if unsure ask a nurse if you should enter Please take note of signs and if unsure ask a nurse if you should enter Remember to wash your hands Remember to wash your hands when leaving the room

11 Respiratory Syncitial Virus Highly contagious and nosocomial infection common Highly contagious and nosocomial infection common Causes upper and lower respiratory infection Causes upper and lower respiratory infection Usually occurs during winter Usually occurs during winter No vaccine at present No vaccine at present Can be reinfected during the same season Can be reinfected during the same season Transmitted by contact or droplet Transmitted by contact or droplet Can survive for several hours in the environment Can survive for several hours in the environment

12 Rotavirus Highly contagious and nosocomial infection is common Highly contagious and nosocomial infection is common Usually a winter disease but pattern changing Usually a winter disease but pattern changing Onset is sudden and lasts for days Onset is sudden and lasts for days Mainly infants and children up to 3 years affected Mainly infants and children up to 3 years affected Transmitted usually through contact Transmitted usually through contact Can survive in environment for several hours Can survive in environment for several hours

13 Varicella Zoster Virus Chicken Pox Highly contagious Highly contagious Most cases in children, over 90% of adult population is immune Most cases in children, over 90% of adult population is immune Transmitted by droplet and contact Transmitted by droplet and contact Infectious 2 days prior and days after rash Infectious 2 days prior and days after rash Now a notifiable disease Now a notifiable disease Vaccination now available Vaccination now available


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