Generic Infection Control


30–40 min

BackgroundCourse Overview

Every year healthcare associated infections kill an estimated 5,000 patients in the UK, and over 6% of hospital patients acquire some form of infection (pneumonia for example) during their stay.

Alongside reduced patient safety, overstretched resources and the immeasurable negative personal impact on patients and their families, this has been found to cost the NHS approximately £1 billion annually; so without a doubt raising the standard of infection control is of utmost importance for the healthcare industry.

This in-depth course features:

  • A completion time of 30 – 40 mins
  • 41 quiz questions
  • Course progress is saved automatically: You can resume where you left off at any time.

Safesmart delivers Generic Infection Control Training for your organisation through Smartlog – our comprehensive health & safety compliance software.

Course Content

Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI) – What HCAI is, the increased risks of acquiring an infection, and points of entry/infection: urinary tract, skin, digestive, open wounds etc.

Why we need infection control – The avoidable impact of healthcare associated infections: thousands of patient deaths annually, increased patient discomfort, and huge costs to the NHS.

Legislation – The Health and Social Care Act (2008) (known as The Hygiene Code): protecting patients, staff and other persons against risks of acquiring HCAI, through appropriate care, suitable facilities, and good clinical practice.

The role of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – Regulator of health and adult social care services in England. An overview of its regulatory powers in healthcare.

Organisational roles & responsibilities – Staff health precautions, management of linen, safe waste disposal, hand hygiene/decontamination, PPE, equipment decontamination and sharps & spillage management.

The chain of infection – From mode of entry to mode of exit, as well as at-risk potential hosts.

Infection control risk assessment – Patients need to be assessed for their risk of picking up an infection, and also their infection spreading risk levels.

This course has quiz questions and issues a certificate upon completion.

This course is certified by the CPD Certification Service

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