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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 ⇒ 5.2 Describe processes for reporting accidents and incidents relating to infection prevention and control within own work setting

5.2 Describe processes for reporting accidents and incidents relating to infection prevention and control 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: 5.2 Describe processes for reporting accidents and incidents relating to infection prevention and control within own work setting

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  • Establish Reporting Procedures:
    • Ensure that clear and concise reporting procedures are in place within the work setting for reporting accidents and incidents relating to infection prevention and control.
    • Develop a standardised reporting form or template to capture relevant information about incidents, including date, time, location, nature of the incident, individuals involved, and any contributing factors.
  • Immediate Notification:
    • Encourage staff members to report accidents and incidents relating to infection prevention and control immediately to designated personnel or supervisors.
    • Stress the importance of timely reporting to facilitate prompt assessment, investigation, and implementation of corrective actions.
  • Designated Reporting Channels:
    • Identify designated reporting channels or contact points for staff members to report accidents and incidents related to infection prevention and control.
    • Ensure that staff are aware of who to report to, such as a designated infection control officer, supervisor, or manager, and how to reach them during working hours or in case of emergencies.
  • Documentation and Record-Keeping:
    • Require staff members to complete incident report forms or documentation for all accidents and incidents related to infection prevention and control.
    • Ensure that accurate and detailed records are maintained for each incident, including descriptions of what occurred, actions taken, and any follow-up measures implemented.
  • Follow-Up Actions:
    • Implement a process for conducting follow-up actions in response to reported accidents and incidents, such as conducting investigations, identifying root causes, and implementing corrective and preventive measures.
    • Assign responsibility for follow-up actions to designated individuals or teams and establish timelines for completion to ensure accountability and timely resolution.
  • Communication and Feedback:
    • Provide feedback to staff members who report accidents and incidents related to infection prevention and control, acknowledging their efforts and contributions to improving safety in the work setting.
    • Communicate the outcomes of investigations and any corrective actions taken to address identified issues, keeping staff informed and engaged in the process.
  • Continuous Improvement:
    • Use reported accidents and incidents as opportunities for learning and continuous improvement in infection prevention and control practices.
    • Analyse trends and patterns in reported incidents to identify areas for enhancement or additional training and implement proactive measures to prevent recurrence.
  • Training and Education:
    • Offer training and education to staff members on the importance of reporting accidents and incidents related to infection prevention and control.
    • Provide guidance on how to recognise and report incidents effectively, including when and how to complete incident report forms and who to notify in different situations.
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