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Infection and Prevention Control

Overview

Infection and infectious diseases in humans are caused when harmful germs, known as pathogens, enter the body and grow. These micro-organisms are so small they can only be seen by using a microscope.

For people living in care homes, infections can be serious and, in some cases, life-threatening. They can also make existing medical conditions worse. Regular contact with staff, other residents, family and friends and the shared living space all mean infection can easily be passed around. It is therefore vital to take the steps that can help prevent infection occurring.

The aim of this course is to familiarise yourself with these and provide you with useful ways of preventing them.

Course Contents:

  • Types of pathogens
  • The chain of infection
  • Breaking the chain
  • Your health and hygiene
  • Hand hygiene
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safe handing of waste or soiled materials

Target Audience

Those working in health and social care requiring an understanding of their role and responsibilities.