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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 3 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 342 Supporting infection prevention and control in adult care ⇒ 5.1 Explain the process for sharing information about infections and suspected infections within own work setting

5.1 Explain the process for sharing information about infections and suspected infections within own work setting

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 342 Supporting infection prevention and control in adult care
Learning outcome: 5 Be able to follow correct recording and reporting procedures regarding infection prevention and control
Assessment criteria: 5.1 Explain the process for sharing information about infections and suspected infections within own work setting

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  • Establish Clear Communication Channels:
    • Ensure that clear communication channels are established within the work setting to facilitate the sharing of information about infections and suspected infections.
    • Identify designated personnel or communication pathways for reporting and disseminating information related to infections.
  • Reporting Protocols:
    • Familiarise oneself with the organisation’s reporting protocols and procedures for notifying relevant personnel about infections and suspected infections.
    • Understand the requirements for reporting incidents, including who to report to, what information to include, and the timeframe for reporting.
  • Identifying Signs and Symptoms:
    • Educate staff members on the signs and symptoms of common infections and how to recognise indicators of suspected infections among individuals in their care.
    • Encourage staff to remain vigilant and proactive in identifying and reporting potential cases of infection promptly.
  • Documentation and Record-Keeping:
    • Ensure that accurate and detailed records are maintained for all incidents involving infections or suspected infections within the work setting.
    • Document relevant information, including the individual’s symptoms, onset of illness, exposure history, and any interventions or treatments provided.
  • Notification Procedures:
    • Follow established notification procedures for informing appropriate personnel, such as supervisors, infection control officers, or healthcare professionals, about infections and suspected infections.
    • Communicate relevant information in a timely manner to ensure prompt assessment, response, and implementation of infection control measures.
  • Confidentiality and Privacy:
    • Maintain confidentiality and privacy when sharing information about infections and suspected infections, adhering to data protection regulations and ethical guidelines.
    • Avoid disclosing sensitive information to individuals who do not have a legitimate need-to-know and ensure that personal health information is handled securely and confidentially.
  • Collaborative Approach:
    • Foster a collaborative approach to sharing information about infections within the work setting, encouraging open communication and teamwork among staff members.
    • Promote a culture of transparency and accountability, where staff feel comfortable reporting incidents and sharing relevant information with colleagues.
  • Training and Education:
    • Provide staff members with training and education on infection control principles, including the importance of sharing information about infections and suspected infections.
    • Offer guidance on how to report incidents effectively and encourage staff to ask questions or seek clarification as needed.
  • Regular Updates and Communication:
    • Provide regular updates and communication to staff members about infection control measures, outbreak alerts, and any changes to policies or procedures related to managing infections within the work setting.
    • Ensure that staff are kept informed and engaged in efforts to prevent and control infections, promoting a culture of awareness and accountability.
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