Safety at the top of our agenda
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) describe their mission as being “to create a safer world through prevention of infection“, which is a great way to emphasize the importance of its practical application in our everyday lives. As we know from the coronavirus pandemic we are experiencing, infection prevention and control (IPC) is equally important in the community, as it is in hospitals.
To make sure we keep up to date with current protocols – including of course the need to put in place measures to ensure safe assessments and equipment use as a result of COVID-19 – we have recently teamed up with IPC expert Evonne Curran, (NursD, Independent Infection Prevention Nurse Consultant, Honorary Senior Research Fellow School of Health and Life Sciences Glasgow Caledonian University, UK), who over the last few weeks has been participating in a series of webinars for the Healthcare Infection Prevention Society around the challenges of COVID-19.
Keeping residents and caregivers safe is our top priority, and having a good understanding of the fundamentals of standard precautions is key. Not only have we revised our guidance on cleaning equipment, updated procedures and introduced personal protective equipment, we have backed this up with comprehensive staff training.
But it’s not just about day to day personal safety – IPC is an integral part of our design process too. Considerations like material selection and preventing ingress of fluids can play an important part in helping to reduce risk by enhancing “cleanability”1 – making equipment easier to clean or even preventing the growth of micro-organisms. Understanding too, how people – residents and caregivers –interact with a piece of equipment in specific environments, is also a vital piece of the IPC and design jigsaw. We work with these issues everyday and are constantly looking to see how we can make things better.
As we continue to get to grips with COVID-19, at Accora we have come to appreciate, perhaps even more fully, the part we have to play, in helping to create as safe an environment as possible.
If you would like to know more about what we are doing, please do get in touch.
1. Medical Design Briefs. Clean design: reducing patient infections starts with design for cleanability. October 1, 2019. Available at: https://www.medicaldesignbriefs.com/component/content/article/mdb/features/articles/35328. Accessed August 2020