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Nursing 125 Basic Infection Control

Infection: An invasion of pathogens or microorganisms into the body that are capable of producing disease. The invasion and reproduction of microorganisms in a body tissue that can result in a local or systemic clinical response such as cellulitis, fever etc.

An invasion of pathogens or microorganisms into the body that are capable of producing disease.

The invasion and reproduction of microorganisms in a body tissue that can result in a local or systemic clinical response such as cellulitis, fever etc.

Infection Control: Includes all of the practices used to prevent the spread of microorganisms that could cause disease in a person. Infection control practices help to protect clients and healthcare providers from disease by reducing and/or eliminating sources of infection.

Includes all of the practices used to prevent the spread of microorganisms that could cause disease in a person.

Infection control practices help to protect clients and healthcare providers from disease by reducing and/or eliminating sources of infection.

Nosocomial Infections: Result from delivery of health services in a healthcare setting, clients are at increased risk. Unfortunately, nosocomial infections lead to increased healthcare costs, extended hospital stays and prolonged recovery time. Hospital acquired infection

Result from delivery of health services in a healthcare setting, clients are at increased risk.

Unfortunately, nosocomial infections lead to increased healthcare costs, extended hospital stays and prolonged recovery time.

Hospital acquired infection

Clients in healthcare settings are at risk for acquiring or developing infections because: Lower resistance to infectious microorganisms (due to illness or disease). Exposure to an increased number of and more types of disease-causing organisms. (Hospital harbors a high population of virulent strains of microorganisms that are resistant to antibiotics) MRSA, VRE – super bugs . The performance of invasive procedures. (IV cathetars etc.. Anything that crosses protective barriers)

Lower resistance to infectious microorganisms (due to illness or disease).

Exposure to an increased number of and more types of disease-causing organisms. (Hospital harbors a high population of virulent strains of microorganisms that are resistant to antibiotics) MRSA, VRE – super bugs .

The performance of invasive procedures. (IV cathetars etc.. Anything that crosses protective barriers)

Nosocomial Infections: Most nosocomial infections are transmitted by health care workers and clients as a result of direct contact. We, as nurses must pay particular attention to washing hands after contact with clients or equipment.

Most nosocomial infections are transmitted by health care workers and clients as a result of direct contact.

We, as nurses must pay particular attention to washing hands after contact with clients or equipment.

Personal Pointer: Frequent hand washing dries skin. Skin can breakdown and crack, breaking our skin barrier protection. Use hand moisturizer frequently. Protection of the client is priority, however, we must also protect ourselves – as nurses we are at risk for contact with infectious materials or exposure to a communicable disease.

Frequent hand washing dries skin. Skin can breakdown and crack, breaking our skin barrier protection.

Use hand moisturizer frequently.

Protection of the client is priority, however, we must also protect ourselves – as nurses we are at risk for contact with infectious materials or exposure to a communicable disease.

Principles of Basic Infection Control: Microorganisms move through space on air currents – avoid shaking or tossing linen. Microorganisms are transferred from one surface to another whenever objects touch, a clean item touching a less clean item becomes “dirty” – keep hands away from face, keep linens away from uniforms, an item dropped on the floor is considered dirty. (cont.)

Microorganisms move through space on air currents – avoid shaking or tossing linen.

Microorganisms are transferred from one surface to another whenever objects touch, a clean item touching a less clean item becomes “dirty” – keep hands away from face, keep linens away from uniforms, an item dropped on the floor is considered dirty. (cont.)

Basic Infection Control (cont.) Microorganisms are transferred by gravity when one item is held above another, avoid passing dirty items over clean items eg. Clean items on upper shelves – dirty items on lower shelves (bedpan). 4. Microorganisms are released into the air on droplet nuclei whenever a person breathes or speaks – avoid breathing directly in someone’s face; when someone coughs/sneezes, cover mouth with kleenex, discard, wash hands.

Microorganisms are transferred by gravity when one item is held above another, avoid passing dirty items over clean items eg. Clean items on upper shelves – dirty items on lower shelves (bedpan).

4. Microorganisms are released into the air on droplet nuclei whenever a person breathes or speaks – avoid breathing directly in someone’s face; when someone coughs/sneezes, cover mouth with kleenex, discard, wash hands.

Basic Infection Control (cont.) Microorganisms move slowly on dry surfaces, but very quickly through moisture – use paper towel to turn facets off, dry bath basin before returning to bedside table. 6. Proper handwashing removes many of the microorganisms that would be transferred by the hands from one item to another – always wash hands between patients.

Microorganisms move slowly on dry surfaces, but very quickly through moisture – use paper towel to turn facets off, dry bath basin before returning to bedside table.

6. Proper handwashing removes many of the microorganisms that would be transferred by the hands from one item to another – always wash hands between patients.

Chain of Infection: Portal of Exit Portal of Entry Transmission Reservoir Infectious Agent Host Susceptibility

Chain of Infection: (cont.) Infectious agent – microorganisms (bacteria, viruses) Resident – normally reside on the skin in stable numbers Transient – attach loosely to the skin by contact with another – easily removed by handwashing

Infectious agent – microorganisms (bacteria, viruses)

Resident – normally reside on the skin in stable numbers

Transient – attach loosely to the skin by contact with another – easily removed by handwashing

Reservoir: Or source of pathogen. Pathogen survives here but may or may not multiply.

Or source of pathogen. Pathogen survives here but may or may not multiply.

Portal of exit: From the reservoir, exit through the skin, respiratory tract, blood. Site where microorganism leaves.

From the reservoir, exit through the skin, respiratory tract, blood. Site where microorganism leaves.

Mode of transmission: Means of spread: travel by air contact droplet

Means of spread:

travel by air

contact

droplet

Portal of Entry: (to the host) Enter the same way they exit (open wound, breathe in)

Enter the same way they exit (open wound, breathe in)

Host susceptibility: Host must be susceptible to the strength and numbers of the microorganisms. To reduce susceptibility – provide adequate nutrition & rest, promote body defenses against infection & provide immunization.

Host must be susceptible to the strength and numbers of the microorganisms.

To reduce susceptibility – provide adequate nutrition & rest, promote body defenses against infection & provide immunization.

Breaking the Chain of Infection Infection Control Practices Table 8.1 in your skills text outlines ways to break the chain of infection in each of the links

Infection Control Practices

Table 8.1 in your skills text outlines ways to break the chain of infection in each of the links

Superbugs – MRSA & VRE MRSA – methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus common nosocomial infection in hospitals & long term care facilities. This staph aureus is resistant to methicillin MRSA is easily transmitted by health care workers b/c it frequently colonizes on the skin – VERY IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS….

MRSA – methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus

common nosocomial infection in hospitals & long term care facilities. This staph aureus is resistant to methicillin

MRSA is easily transmitted by health care workers b/c it frequently colonizes on the skin – VERY IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS….

VRE – Vancomycin resistant enterococcus Enterococci are normally found in the bowel and female genital tract. They have been shown to persist in the environment for long periods of time (up to 7 days) on hands, gloves, equipment and surfaces such as bed rails, telephones, stethoscopes, etc. Cross-infection has been attributed to thermometers, commodes, movement of inadequately cleaned patient furniture. Transmission occurs directly via the hands of healthcare workers or indirectly from contact with contaminated environmental surfaces and patient-care equipment.

Enterococci are normally found in the bowel and female genital tract. They have been shown to persist in the environment for long periods of time (up to 7 days) on hands, gloves, equipment and surfaces such as bed rails, telephones, stethoscopes, etc.

Cross-infection has been attributed to thermometers, commodes, movement of inadequately cleaned patient furniture. Transmission occurs directly via the hands of healthcare workers or indirectly from contact with contaminated environmental surfaces and patient-care equipment.

Prevention of Transmission: HANDWASHING (FOR EVERYONE)

HANDWASHING (FOR EVERYONE)

Aseptic Technique: 2 types Medical Asepsis – Clean technique; procedures used to reduce & prevent spread of microorganisms ** Handwashing** Surgical Asepsis – Sterile technique; procedures used to eliminate microorganisms **Sterilization**

Medical Asepsis – Clean technique; procedures used to reduce & prevent spread of microorganisms ** Handwashing**

Surgical Asepsis – Sterile technique; procedures used to eliminate microorganisms **Sterilization**

Handwashing Is the single most important procedure for preventing the transfer of microorganisms & therefore preventing the spread of nosocomial infections. CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends 10-15 second hand wash. This will remove most transient organisms from the skin.

Is the single most important procedure for preventing the transfer of microorganisms & therefore preventing the spread of nosocomial infections.

CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends 10-15 second hand wash. This will remove most transient organisms from the skin.

Key Points for Personal Hygiene Restrain hair – hair falling forward may drop organisms. Keep nails short – no acrylic nails or chipped nail polish. Minimum jewelry (see agency policy) Cover open wounds with an occlusive dressing

Restrain hair – hair falling forward may drop organisms.

Keep nails short – no acrylic nails or chipped nail polish.

Minimum jewelry (see agency policy)

Cover open wounds with an occlusive dressing

When should hands be washed: When visibly soiled. Before and after client contact. After contact with a source of microorganisms (blood, body fluids, mucus membranes, non intact skin or inanimate objects that might be contaminated. Prior to performance of invasive procedures (IV catheters, indwelling catheters). Before and after removing gloves (wearing gloves does not remove the need to wash hands). At the beginning and end of every shift.

When visibly soiled.

Before and after client contact.

After contact with a source of microorganisms (blood, body fluids, mucus membranes, non intact skin or inanimate objects that might be contaminated.

Prior to performance of invasive procedures (IV catheters, indwelling catheters).

Before and after removing gloves (wearing gloves does not remove the need to wash hands).

At the beginning and end of every shift.

Nursing Process:( ADPIE) A problem solving approach allowing nurses to organize and deliver care: Approach to problem solving Enables nurses to organize and deliver care An element of critical thinking which allows nurses to make judgments and take action based on reason Provide a blueprint for critical thinking Used to diagnose and treat human responses to health and illness

A problem solving approach allowing nurses to organize and deliver care:

Approach to problem solving

Enables nurses to organize and deliver care

An element of critical thinking which allows nurses to make judgments and take action based on reason

Provide a blueprint for critical thinking

Used to diagnose and treat human responses to health and illness

Purpose of the Nursing Process Identify client health care needs Determine priorities Establish goals & expected outcomes of care Establish & communicate a client-centered plan of care Provide nursing interventions to meet client needs Evaluate effectiveness of nursing care

Identify client health care needs

Determine priorities

Establish goals & expected outcomes of care

Establish & communicate a client-centered plan of care

Provide nursing interventions to meet client needs

Evaluate effectiveness of nursing care

Nursing Process and Handwashing See page 193 in skills text The ADPIE of Handwashing

See page 193 in skills text

The ADPIE of Handwashing

Ethics and the Law As professionals, nurses are responsible to protect the rights and interests of clients. There is a great deal of trust placed in health professionals, they are expected to: Be qualified Provide safe & competent care Respect our basic human rights

As professionals, nurses are responsible to protect the rights and interests of clients.

There is a great deal of trust placed in health professionals, they are expected to:

Be qualified

Provide safe & competent care

Respect our basic human rights

Nursing Students and Legal Liability Liable if actions cause harm – usually shared by instructor, student, hospital & university Expected to perform as professional nurses – safe client care If employed as aid or LPN do not practice outside of job description Read chapter 8- Legal Implications

Liable if actions cause harm – usually shared by instructor, student, hospital & university

Expected to perform as professional nurses – safe client care

If employed as aid or LPN do not practice outside of job description

Read chapter 8- Legal Implications

Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses Reflects moral & ethical standards. Nurses as members of the profession must uphold the standards. Gives guidance for decision-making concerning ethical matters The code supports 7 primary values; Health & well being, choice, dignity, confidentiality, fairness, accountability, practice environments that are conducive to safe, competent and ethical care.

Reflects moral & ethical standards. Nurses as members of the profession must uphold the standards.

Gives guidance for decision-making concerning ethical matters

The code supports 7 primary values; Health & well being, choice, dignity, confidentiality, fairness, accountability, practice environments that are conducive to safe, competent and ethical care.

Values Nurses respect and promote the autonomy of clients and help them to express their health needs and values, and to obtain appropriate information and services. Choice Nurses value and advocate the dignity and self-respect of human beings. Dignity Nurses value health and well-being and assist persons to achieve their optimum level of health in situations of normal health, illness, injury or in the process of dying. Health and well-being

Values (cont.) Nurses act in a manner consistent with their professional responsibilities and standards of practice. Accountability Nurses advocate practice environments that have the organizational and human support systems, and the resource allocations necessary for safe, competent and ethical nursing care. Practice environments conducive to safe, competent & ethical care Nurses apply and promote principles of equity and fairness to assist clients in receiving unbiased treatment and a share of health services and resources proportionate to their needs. Fairness Nurses safeguard the trust of clients that information learned in the context of a professional relationship is shared outside the health care team only with the client’s permission or as legally required. Confidentiality

Professional Nursing Associations Represent nursing and the best interests of the public. CNA – Canadian Nurses Association – professional association representing 11 provincial & territorial professional nsg associations. (Quebec is not represented) CNA’ mission – to advance the quality of nursing in the interests of the public

Represent nursing and the best interests of the public.

CNA – Canadian Nurses Association – professional association representing 11 provincial & territorial professional nsg associations. (Quebec is not represented)

CNA’ mission – to advance the quality of nursing in the interests of the public

CRNNS College of Registered Nurses of N.S. Both a professional association and the regulating authority for registered nurses in Nova Scotia CRNNS works with registered nurses and the public to advance, promote & regulate the practice of nursing and to advocate for public policy supportive of good health & health services www.crnns.ca

Both a professional association and the regulating authority for registered nurses in Nova Scotia

CRNNS works with registered nurses and the public to advance, promote & regulate the practice of nursing and to advocate for public policy supportive of good health & health services

www.crnns.ca

Nursing Standards Through legislation the nursing profession is granted the authority to set standards for the practice & education of its members with an obligation to protect the public. Describe the desirable & achievable level of performance expected of R.Ns’ in their practice & against which actual performance can be measured. Used to assess the professional conduct of all R.N.s’ in N.S.

Through legislation the nursing profession is granted the authority to set standards for the practice & education of its members with an obligation to protect the public.

Describe the desirable & achievable level of performance expected of R.Ns’ in their practice & against which actual performance can be measured.

Used to assess the professional conduct of all R.N.s’ in N.S.

Nursing Standards (cont.) Accountability & Responsibility Continuing Competence Application of Knowledge Advocacy

Accountability & Responsibility

Continuing Competence

Application of Knowledge

Advocacy

Consumer Rights for Health Care Refers to both legal and ethical standards that are important to the patients’ well being. Nurses are legally and ethically responsible to ensure that the client receives competent & holistic care.

Refers to both legal and ethical standards that are important to the patients’ well being.

Nurses are legally and ethically responsible to ensure that the client receives competent & holistic care.

Consumer Rights for Health Care Right to be Informed Right to be respected as the individual with a major responsibility for his/her own health care Right to participate in decision making affecting his/her own health Right to equal access to health care regardless of the individual’s economic status, sex, age, creed, ethnic origin, and location.

Right to be Informed

Right to be respected as the individual with a major responsibility for his/her own health care

Right to participate in decision making affecting his/her own health

Right to equal access to health care regardless of the individual’s economic status, sex, age, creed, ethnic origin, and location.

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