This practical, handy text aims to provide essential information on the fundamentals of infection prevention and control and its management in a health care setting. This important subject area means that this text should be essential reading for all students, nurses and health care practitioners to ensure they understand the general principles of infection control and best practice guidelines for clinical care of patients. Content is designed to be clear, concise and highly practical. Case studies will be included to aid understanding. Each chapter includes a summary or bullet of key points. This book also outlines the role of the medical consultant, consultant nurse / specialist infection control nurse, hospital matron, ward link nurse, ward sister, staff nurse, trust management etc to give a strategic overview of the management and organizations needed in terms of roles, responsibilities etc in relation to infection control.
Vinice Thomas is a registered nurse with a clinical background in critical care nursing. Her previous roles have included senior management of acute services, and corporate professional development and education. She is currently on secondment to the Department of Health's HCAI and Cleanliness Division where she works as a Portfolio Manager supporting the NHS in its quest to reduce Health Care Associated Infections. Vinice has been seconded from a Primary Care Trust where she was the Director of Infection Prevention and Control and the Assistant Director of Nursing and Clinical Governance.
Section 1: 1. Infectious agents, what their classifications are 2. Reservoir - where do they live 3. Portals of exit - how they move about 4. Means of transmission - direct contact 5. Portals of entry - broken skin, mucous membranes, medical devices 6. Susceptible hosts Fiona Livesey 7. The Infection Control Team' Section 2: (practical focus) 1. Staff health, environmental hygiene, sterilisation 2. Protective measures (clothing, management of secretions, bodily fluids etc) 3. Specific precautions (food hygiene, water temperature, humidity etc) 4. Management of invasive devices, asepsis, precautions 5. Treatment and procedures, patient care, patient information