Infection Prevention

Involving residents with infection prevention in the care home

Involving residents with infection prevention in the care home

By Josie Winter- Clinical Director, Advanced Clinical Solutions.

Infections in care homes pose a potential threat to residents, as it is a shared living environment residents will inevitably share micro-organisms. Residents can often be more susceptible to opportunistic infections, due to health conditions and older age. Both healthcare staff and capable residents can play a crucial role in preventing the spread of infection.

Some of the most common infections seen in care home are listed below: -

Respiratory infections 

Most respiratory illnesses are spread by droplet or contact transmission, one of the most common respiratory infections within care homes is Influenza.

Urinary tract infections 

Raising standards of hand hygiene – infection prevention in focus in recent Westminster debate 

Raising standards of hand hygiene – infection prevention in focus in recent Westminster debate 

Hand hygiene and infection prevention is now a top priority on the Government’s agenda, after a recent Westminster debate addressed the key infection prevention issues within Healthcare settings. 

The debate addressed the use of electronic monitoring systems to measure hand hygiene compliance and reduce infection rates.

All parties present addressed the flaws of direct observation and the impactthat capturing inaccurate hand hygiene data has on patients and the NHS. It also focused on how technology can improve hand hygiene compliance and what actions need to be taken to reduce costs and increase patient safety within the NHS. 

North East dementia charity leads the way in infection prevention

Dementia Care

When working in a care environment, managing the risk of infection is of paramount importance, when the people in care are also dementia patients however, this ups the ante even more so for dementia care professionals and visitors alike.

For many years, researchers have been examining the links between the body’s natural immune system and the progressive symptoms of dementia. Research conducted by specialists in recent months suggests that the inflammation of cells in the brain, caused by the presence of inflammation or infection elsewhere in the body, can in some cases actually contribute to the worsening of a patient’s condition.

Hill Care leads the way with new infection prevention technology

HILL CARE Group is pioneering the use of cutting edge infection control technology after signing a deal with Delivered Health Solutions (DHS).

 

The care home operator, with 18 homes across the North of England, will be the first in the sector to use TECcare® ENVIRONMENT™ technology. It aims to further enhance already robust infection prevention controls and procedures and set new standards for the care industry.

 

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