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INFECTION CONTROL. FOR VOLUNTEERS. Jodie Burr Infection Control Coordinator Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Infection Control Unit. 24 hour infection control service during office hours page 18041 after hours ring 9 for infectious diseases, consultant on call.

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Jodie Burr

Infection Control Coordinator

Women’s and Children’s Hospital

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Infection Control Unit

  • 24 hour infection control service

    • during office hours page 18041

    • after hours ring 9 for infectious diseases, consultant on call.

  • Infection Control Team meet weekly, concerns, enquiry's, issues can be discussed.

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Primary Role of Infection Control

  • Prevent nosocomial infections

  • Reduce mortality, morbidity, and cost

  • Educate and advise

    • staff

    • patients

    • their families

    • the community

  • Surveillance of nosocomial infections

  • Policy development, implementation and assessment

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Nosocomial Infections


    • An infection occurring in a patient in whom it was not present or incubating at the time of admission.

      Essentially, an infection the patient acquired from being hospitalized

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Infection Control Precautions

  • Infection control precautions need to be adhered to by everybody, especially those who come into contact with one or more patients.

  • This will aid in stopping the spread of nosocomial infections.

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Hand hygiene

  • Single most effective method in the prevention of disease transmission

  • 80% of hospital acquired infections are thought to be transmitted by hands

  • Wash hands thoroughly if you come into contact with a patient and/or bodily fluids

  • Cover all cuts and grazes

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Hand Hygiene

  • Wear gloves where appropriate and wash hands once gloves are removed

  • Wash hands before and after meal and toilet breaks

  • Soap and water - 15 secs

  • Alcohol hand gels

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Are you unwell?

  • Please do not come into hospital to visit or work when you feel or know you are unwell

  • Infectious diseases may be spread from you to patients or patients to you

  • Call your supervisor if you

    are unsure as to whether

    to come to work

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Your health

  • It is important to know your health and immunization history

    • chicken pox?

    • measles?

    • flu vaccination?

  • For vaccinations contact ICGP or Risk Management

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Entering Rooms

  • Patients may be isolated within hospital rooms due to their illness or infectious state

  • Please take note of signs and if unsure ask a nurse if you should enter

  • Remember to wash your hands

    when leaving the room

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Respiratory Syncitial Virus

  • Highly contagious and nosocomial infection common

  • Causes upper and lower respiratory infection

  • Usually occurs during winter

  • No vaccine at present

  • Can be reinfected during the same season

  • Transmitted by contact or droplet

  • Can survive for several hours in the environment

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  • Highly contagious and nosocomial infection is common

  • Usually a winter disease but pattern changing

  • Onset is sudden and lasts for 4 - 6 days

  • Mainly infants and children up to 3 years affected

  • Transmitted usually through contact

  • Can survive in environment for several hours

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Varicella Zoster VirusChicken Pox

  • Highly contagious

  • Most cases in children, over 90% of adult population is immune

  • Transmitted by droplet and contact

  • Infectious 2 days prior and 4 - 6 days after rash

  • Now a notifiable disease

  • Vaccination now available