Infection control is everyone's business and we all have a part to play in keeping both ourselves and the people we look after safe. People with infection are more likely to come to harm, stay in hospital longer and may even die as a result. Keeping your hands clean, washing them regularly and using personal protective equipment (known as PPE) are important in stopping the spread of infection. In healthcare, Hand Hygiene and PPE are two of the 10 Standard Infection Control Precautions (known as SICPs), which are described in more detail in the GGC:007 Statutory Mandatory Modules (below).
Essential Learning Resources
GGC:007 Standard Infection Control Precautions
Put on ('donning') and take off ('doffing') PPE (6 minute video presented by Dr Jennifer Armstrong). Please be aware that when working with patients in red (high risk) pathways, there will also be a requirement to wear eye/face protection. More detail is available in Table 4 within PPE determined by COVID-19 care pathway.
Speak to your line manager about understanding the pathways and PPE requirements in your clinical area.
NES: Scottish IPC Education Pathway - Foundation (log in to learnPro and select the Infection Prevention & Control tab)