The key role of a director is to manage the infection policies and making sure all of the staff have one and understand it to the full extent. The director must know what to do if an outbreak happens. Reports of any outbreak must be made, no matter how small. The director must have plans of what to do if an outbreak occurs and needs to make sure that all staff know what they are doing. The director must also protect the team that are dealing with the outbreak, and any other people that may come in contact with it, like having controlled visiting times, delegated staff and effective hand washing.
Infection Control Doctor This is who works underneath the Director, they provide clinical guidance to staff and answer and queries they staff may have. The infection control doctor observes all staff and makes sure that all procedures are being followed correctly and looks at number of who has infections and how fast it might spread. Also, risk assessments and all done by the infection control doctor. Pharmacist The pharmacist is who finds the drugs for the infected patients to use and makes sure they are in stock if spread.
Reports are taken as to how many people are requiring a certain drug which treats and infection then make decisions whether it’s a reoccurring thing or just a one off. The pharmacist supplies the doctors in the hospital with the drugs needed to treat the patients in there. Lead Nurse The lead nurse is who give advice, support and training to other nurses. They make sure that all nurses are aware of the infections that may spread, and when an infection outbreak occurs, nurses know what actions to take.
The lead nurse has to make sure that all staff are following the correct procedures to manage the outbreak, for example, hand washing and P. P. E. The lead nurse is the one who looks over the staff and ensures that everything is running smoothly and no bumps are going to arise. Health Care Assistant A health care assistant always has a general nurse overseeing them, making sure that P. P. E is in place, disposing of sharps is correct and ensuring that bed changing is effective and done correctly.
The health care assistant would look to the general nurse for advice when there are queries. Chef The chef has to make sure that all foods are cooked correctly, not spreading food poising around the wards, especially when there is already an outbreak of an infection. The chef needs to check ‘use by’ dates on all of the food so that none of the patients are getting fed food that is out of date. Food also needs to be fresh, no one who is ill in hospital wants to find their food mouldy or smelly.
The cleaners have to be thorough with their cleaning when there is an outbreak of an infection, every nut and cranny in every single wall has to be cleaned on a regular basis, the products they have to use are always only suitable for hospitals, and are always kept in a locked storage cupboard because of how strong they are. There would be certain times of the day to clean, such as before and after visiting hours and before and after staff shifts so that infection doesn’t get in and out of the hospital ward.
There are single use mop heads, cloths, dusters and other cleaning item that the cleaner would have to use, so when it has been used, it has to be disposed of correctly and then a brand new one has to be used the next time. Visitors Delegated visiting times would have to be in place to reduce the risk of the infection getting out of the hospital or possibly coming back in via the same visitor. Visitors would be urged to use the hand sanitizers when they enter and leave the wards. Certain rules and regulations would have to be in place for certain infections.