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The key elements of infection control

Posted: June 15th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Infection control is one of the most essential parts of the infrastructure of health care, although unfortunately it is also one of the most overlooked and under-supported.

There are many elements to infection control, and people working within healthcare environments should be aware of all of them in order to avoid an epidemic which could end up affecting public health. These elements include:

• Prevention – this relates to cleaning, sterilisation and disinfection, hygiene, vaccination and surveillance

• Monitoring and investigation – if a spread of infection is demonstrated or even suspected

• Management – stopping the spread of infection becoming an epidemic

Infection control training

There are a number of care training courses which cover infection control and other related issues. However, one of the most crucial for health and social care workers is MRSA training, which also covers C.Diff (Clostridium difficile, a bacteria which causes severe diarrhoea).

This MRSA/C.Diff training course provides the most up-to-date guidance and information on these types of infection, including what they are, how they are caused and how they are spread. Most importantly, it offers advice on how these infections can be prevented and managed to protect public health.

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