Infection Control

 

INFECTION CONTROL ANNUAL STATEMENT

2018/2019

Purpose:

This annual statement will be generated each year in April. It will summarise:

 Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will also have been actioned as per our significant event procedure).

 Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions that were put in place.

 Details of any infection control risk assessments undertaken.

 Details of staff training including new staff on induction.

 Any review & update of policies, procedures and guidelines.

 

Background:

Park Crescent Health Centre has one lead for infection control; Practice Nurse Kelly Robbins.

Kelly will attend regular infection control updates. The last update was attended by Kelly on 16th July 2018.

All information from infection control study days are shared at Clinical Team Meetings and full staff meetings.

Significant Events:

In 2017 - 2018 (1.4.2017-31.4.2018) there were not any significant events raised to the IC lead that related to infection control.

Audits:

In November 2017 an Infection Control Audit was commenced at Park Crescent Health Centre, this was completed by Practice Nurse Kelly Robbins in January 2018. An ACTION PLAN was completed following the audit summarising any inadequacies that were found, these are being worked upon to ensure compliance.

The next audit was due November 2018. This has been completed on 21/03/19.

Park Crescent Health Centre will aim to share information with our patients and notify patients of any seasonal outbreaks they need to be aware of; this will either be via posters around the surgery and on our website.

A copy of this statement will also be available on our website each year.

Assessments: Risk

Risk assessments are carried out so best practice can be established. Premises are checked routinely throughout the year and communicated/recorded as necessary. Park Crescent Health Centre hold a minor surgery clinic and coil insertion clinic at least each month, the treatment room is used for these procedures and all infection control principles adhered to. A clinical audit on minor surgery is available.

Cleaning specifications, frequencies, and cleanliness of equipment:

Practice Nurse Kelly Robbins, along with the Practice Manager Bret Stevenson, liaise closely with the cleaning team, employed by the practice to ensure procedures are in place and that they are adequate for General Practice.

Park Crescent Health Centre does have a decontamination procedure under a health and safety policy to ensure cleanliness of equipment. We aim to have an annual update regarding this policy. If new equipment is introduced then additional updates and training take place. Some equipment used at Park Crescent Health Centre is ‘single use only’ and disposable, to aim to reduce risk.

Detergent wipes are available for all clinical staff to ensure compliance of cleaning equipment under ‘Decontamination Procedure’ as per ‘Health and Safety Policy’.

Toys/Books/Magazines.

Park Crescent Health Centre provide minimal toys to help entertain children whilst in the waiting areas and during consultations. We feel it is important to provide some provision. We manage the risk regarding Infection Prevention and Control in this area whereby toys that are available are of material that can be wiped clean. Specifications on cleaning standards suggest that all toys are cleaned weekly. We continue to uphold a log to chart the cleaning of the toys.

Curtains/Blinds:

Park Crescent Health Centre has various blinds/curtains, both at windows around the building and disposable in clinical/ consulting rooms. There is a schedule to ensure the blinds are cleaned as per a particular time frame and meets recommended standards. Privacy curtains in consulting rooms are disposable, these are dated when hung and changed 6 monthly as per practice policy. Should a privacy curtain become visibly soiled in between scheduled times, they are changed at that time.

Infectious Disease:

Patients that are thought to have an infection that is contagious are asked to sit in a designated waiting area rather than the main waiting room. Patients are encouraged to use alcohol gel and dispensers which are available throughout the surgery.

Staff Training:

At Park Crescent Health Centre, Infection Prevention and Control including Hand washing training is undertaken each year. A record is kept of staff that attended to check and demonstrate compliance. New staff undertakes training on induction. A hand hygiene audit is conducted each year or ‘spot-testing’ is quarterly.

Policies, Procedures, Guidelines:

Policies relating to Infection Control are reviewed annually and updated accordingly, if appropriate.

However should new evidence arise, policies and procedures are amended as current guidelines change.



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