Infection Prevention and Control Training involves educating those who work in an environment where it is possible for infections to be transmitted so that they understand how pathogens can be spread within the work environment. For healthcare workers, this could be transmitting diseases and infections from patient to patient, worker to patient, patient to worker and so on. It is crucial that infection control in care homes is taken seriously as the residents will be at a higher risk than those of a younger age. For workers who are involved with animal waste, the handling of animals it is also crucial that they understand and learn about the infection prevention procedures.
The spread of infections within the healthcare environment will always be an important issue due to the fact that if any mistakes are made, they can be fatal. It is extremely important that all staff whether their work is within the clinical or non-clinical healthcare industry are educated on how the spread of infections can be prevented. With regards to the infection control policy, anyone who works in the healthcare industry must take part in infection control training every 4 years upon renewing their license. The aim of the Infection Control Policy is to ensure that the Trust provides an environment and system of care which minimises the risk of infection to patients, staff and visitors.
Learners who take part in an infection control course will be taught about infection control procedures such as the handling of sharp medical equipment, sterilisation procedures and the management of bodily fluids.
A list of occupations that would hugely benefit from taking part in an infection prevention and control training course are as follows:
- Health care assistants
- Refuse workers
- Chiropodists and Acupuncturists
- Anyone who works with animals, including vets