Infection is a disease state resulting from invasion of the growth of microbes in the body. Infection can be spread in many ways. Tiny microbes are spread by blood, body fluids, food, water, dressing assistance, personal care items, insects, eating utensils, and DIRECT contact. Some infectious signs include: fever, rash, vomiting, fatigue, and nausea. But, some infections don’t have physical signs. For the elderly, an infection can be life threatening before it appears, so it is important to pay close attention to details like, change in their moods, habits, appearance, or any other minor change you notice.
Procedures to prevent spread of germs and infections:
- Personal Hygiene/Resident hygiene
- Leak proof bags for soiled linens
- Disinfect surfaces, phones, tables, counters, & wheelchairs
- Empty drainage containers according to policy
- Wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when necessary.
- Cover mouth & nose when sneezing or coughing
- Don’t let resident items touch your clothes
- Never share personal items between residents
- Prevent dust and particle movement. (NEVER shake linens)
- Flush urine and feces in toilet, rinse well and spray with disinfectant