4.3 Infection Control and Prevention at Home

Infection Control and Prevention at Home:

Hand Hygiene: Stress the importance of regular handwashing and provide hand sanitizers in key areas.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Supply and encourage the proper use of PPE, including masks and gloves.

Respiratory Hygiene: Educate on covering coughs and sneezes, and dispose of used tissues properly.

Cleaning and Disinfection: Establish a routine for cleaning and use effective disinfectants on frequently-touched surfaces.

Safe Food Handling: Emphasize safe food preparation and storage practices to prevent foodborne illnesses.

Isolation Practices: Implement isolation measures when necessary and educate caregivers on their proper management.

Monitoring Symptoms: Instruct caregivers to monitor individuals for signs of infectious diseases and report any symptoms promptly.

Visitor Guidelines: Set guidelines for visitors, including hand hygiene and health screenings, and restrict visits from those showing illness symptoms.

Vaccination: Encourage and facilitate vaccinations for preventable diseases, keeping records up to date.

Education and Communication: Provide ongoing education on infection control practices and maintain open communication about following guidelines.

Waste Management: Properly dispose of medical waste and contaminated items using designated containers.

Telehealth Options: Explore telehealth alternatives to minimize in-person contact for routine healthcare needs.

Monitoring Outbreaks: Stay informed about local health advisories and outbreaks, following recommended guidelines.

Travel Guidelines: Implement travel guidelines to minimize exposure, staying informed about travel restrictions and recommendations.

Implementing these measures creates a robust infection control strategy, contributing to a safe and healthy home environment for individuals receiving care.