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Major Infection Control Methods Used in the NHS

The best way to prevent all types of diseases is to put the right control mechanisms to stop the infections. The NHS has been at the forefront in the fight to try to control different infections by applying different control methods. One of the key priorities of the NHS is to protect the people from the risk of infections caused by different factors. The efforts by the National Health Service have been one of factors that have contributed to reduction of major infections in the country. It has staff who are highly qualified, dedicated and committed to their work in prevention of infections among people of different ages in the population.  

The infection control team works closely with other stakeholders in the health sectors to reduce the infections among the population. All the staff involved in this initiative undergo regular training on the prevention and control of the infections. The organization disseminates information to the public one the various infection control methods they can apply in their day to day life in order to compliment the methods by the organisation itself. Here are some of the infection control methods used in the NHS. 

Patient hygiene

Illness breaks down the immune system making patients more susceptible to serious infection. As well as ensuring the environment is clean and that healthcare professionals are taking adequate steps to avoid transferring germs between patients, hospitals also provide cleansing products that help to safeguard against serious infections such as MRSA. Chlorhexidine bathing products are particularly effective in a healthcare environment as they are particularly effective against Gram-positive bacteria.

Environmental cleaning

The NHS is involved in ensuring that the facilities are safe to prevent thousands of infections that arise from environmental degradation. The organisation has put a lot of initiatives to promote environmental cleaning. The NHS has a lot of initiatives in the community levels such as cleanings to prevent communicable diseases such as waterborne, airborne diseases and many other others.

Antibiotic control

Antibiotics refer to drugs that help in killing bacteria that lead to a lot of infections and save a lot of money as a result of this. However, there are germs that have become resistant to antibiotics, so they continue causing a lot of infections to the people. This is why the NHS has developed very strict antibiotics policies that regulate the use of such antibiotics. The NHS regulates the safe usage to stop bacteria that are becoming resistant to some of the antibiotics. These policies are usually audited regularly to ensure they are working. 

Intravenous line care

There are some patients who have lines inserted to receive medications or fluids into their body. These lines put them at high risk of infection from the bacteria that enter their body. This is why the NHS has a team of experts that help control infections through such lines. The members attend regular infection training to assist them in prevention and control of these infections. There are regular infection control audits that help in identification of risks and ensure best practice at all times. 

Infection control tool kit

The NHS is pleased to give support resources to commissioners and providers of health care that will assist them in establishing plants that are dedicated towards reduction of infections. These are plans that reflect the national and local priorities. These resources ensure that the services offered are offered in a safe way and help the commissioners in improving the services. These resources include antimicrobial resistance. Other methods used include promotion of hand hygiene, TB referral and management and notifications of the infectious diseases.