Care Certificate

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Protecting Vulnerable People

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There are groups of people who may be more vulnerable to infection,  this may be due to age, or to general health or ill health.  When individuals within these groups become infected the symptoms can be very serious even life-threatening and with antibiotic-resistant micro-organisms it can be in some cases very difficult to treat the illness.

Examples of those who may be more vulnerable to infection includes the elderly, people with some long-term health conditions, people who have poor health or poor nutrician and new born babies.  Other risks include people who have broken skin due to open wounds, catheters or an intravenous drip,  ulcers, cuts or burns to the skin also leave people more vulnerable to infection.

It is your duty to ensure that you play your role in preventing the spread of infections, it is important to remember that not everyone who is carrying harmful micro-organisms will show symptoms, this is why there are standard precautions that must always be taken to reduce the risk of infection.

The standard precautions include,  good hand hygiene, correct use of personal protective equipment, the safe disposal of waste and managing laundry safely.

You also have a responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with your own vaccinations in accordance with the UK vaccination schedule and report any illness to your manager before reporting to work. If you have any cold or flu symptoms an upset stomach or skin infection you must discuss it with your manager, if you have diarrhoea or vomiting you should not attend work until you have been free from symptoms for 48 hours.

Changing your clothing daily and using disposable aprons and over-sleeves can help to stop your clothes from becoming contaminated with harmful micro-organisms. Uniforms should be washed on a hot wash and tumble dried or hot ironed to kill any bacteria that may be present.

Good personal hygiene is extremely important when you are responsible for caring for vulnerable people,  the handwashing processes that are covered in videos later in the course must be followed.  You should avoid touching areas that could be a source of pathogens any more than you need to,  this includes your mouth, nose and hair, you should not bite your nails and avoid touching dirty surfaces such as bin lids with your hands.