Infection control has a number of aspects. These concern the sterility of clinical equipment, the occupational health and safety of staff and managing the risk of cross infection in the practice environment.
Infection control processes should be documented within a practice. Infection control written policies need to include:
- Sharps injury management policy
- Blood and body fluid spills management
- Hand hygiene
- A regular cleaning schedule describing the frequency of cleaning, products and procedures in clinical and non-clinical areas of the practice
- The provision of sterile instruments whether by the use of disposables or by on-site or off-site sterilisation of reuseable instruments
- Procedures for all aspects of the sterilisation process if instruments are sterilised on-site or for those instruments sterilised off-site, procedures covering both their sterilisation and transport. There should be procedures for validating or obtaining evidence of validation for all on and off-site aspects of sterilisation
- Procedures for waste management including the safe storage and disposal of clinical waste (including sharps)
- The appropriate use of standard and additional precautions
- Prevention of disease in the workplace by serology and immunisation
Infection Control Resources
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Western Victoria Primary Health Network accesses information, knowledge and resources provided by Margaret Jennings, a Microbiologist and Infection Control Educator and Consultant to Office Based Practice.
Access Infection Control Newsletters here: Marjen Infection Control Newsletters.