Infection Control: Hand Hygiene Audit

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With Microorganisms being easily transmitted to one another by hands, healthcare staff are likely to be at risk of infections after providing healthcare services or from being in a healthcare building. Therefore, hand washing is crucial in preventing the spread of infection and protecting patients and your practice team.

Evaluation and repeated monitoring of your team’s knowledge and practices on hand hygiene are vital to any successful hand hygiene campaign. This Handwashing Audit can be utilised by everyone working in practices. It allows the manager or infection control lead to observe and assess the quality of hand hygiene techniques performed by the team regularly and ensure all procedures are compliant with the Infection Control and Prevention Policy.

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    Regulation 12: Safe care and treatment

    The intention of this regulation is to prevent people from receiving unsafe care and treatment and prevent avoidable harm or risk of harm. Providers must assess the risks to people’s health and safety during any care or treatment and make sure that staff have the qualifications, competence, skills and experience to keep people safe.

    Providers must make sure that the premises and any equipment used is safe and where applicable, available in sufficient quantities. Medicines must be supplied in sufficient quantities, managed safely and administered appropriately to make sure people are safe.

    Providers must prevent and control the spread of infection. Where the responsibility for care and treatment is shared, care planning must be timely to maintain people’s health, safety and welfare.

    How QCS can help you further with quality improvement

    QCS’ risk assessment module can further support with this process and allows providers to ensure all aspects of the risk assessment process are fully achieved. The module provides a risk assessment platform which houses all the key features required to complete a robust and sufficient risk assessment. In addition, QCS provide:

    • Fully compliant policies, procedures and supporting documents
    • Mock inspection toolkits reflecting the key questions
    • Satisfaction Surveys for Service Users, Relatives, Staff and Visiting Professionals