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Impact of Policy on Practice
Health Sciences & Medicine
Pages 12 (3012 words)
Infection control is an essential part of healthcare for both patients and staff. This assignment will discuss, whether the policies that surround the issue of infection control, have impacted on practice or not.
The spread of (HCAIs) in general and of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in particular, is acknowledged as a key issue in NHS hospitals.
A patient with a hospital acquired infection (HAI), in this case (MRSA), was brought down from a ward to a busy x-ray department, in the middle of the day, without the knowledge of the infection being given to either the porter or the department staff. Although the department would have phoned the ward when the referral form was sent, to enquire how the patient was going to come down i.e. bed or wheelchair, no mention was made by the ward staff to the radiographer about this patient's infection status. The knowledge was gained by the radiographer while chatting to the patient in the x-ray suite. The radiographer then phoned the ward, which confirmed it. The policy at the trust is that all patients with an infection (such as MRSA or clostridium difficile (vomiting and diarrhoea) CD are brought down, one at a time, to a specific room in the late afternoon, (post clinic etc), when two radiographers or, one radiographer and 1 student, will carry out the examinations as a team. One person will handle the patient with gloves and apron, while the other person will handle the equipment. Once all patients have been x-rayed, the room will not be used again until it has had a thorough clean. ...
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