Infection Control Annual Statement

 

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This annual statement will be generated each year. It will summarise:

  • Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been
  • recorded in accordance with our Significant Event procedure)
  • Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions taken.
  • Details of any infection control risk assessments undertaken.
  • Details of staff training.
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines
 

Infection Control Annual statement 2020-21

Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year. It will summarise: 

  • Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been recorded in accordance with our Significant Event procedure) 
  • Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions taken. 
  • Details of any infection control risk assessments undertaken. 
  • Details of staff training. 
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines 
 

Background

  • Greenway Community Practice has an Infection Prevention + Control Team (IP+C), comprising 
  • Mrs Alison Garrod – Quality Lead and Lead for Infection Control
  • Mrs Julie Prior – Practice Nurse
  • Dr James Cross – GP
  • Mrs Kate Barnes – Practice Manager

Regular Nurses meetings highlight the need for continuing good clinical practice in the prevention of infection at Greenway Community Practice. It is a standing item in these meetings

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Greenway Community Practice receives bi-weekly Covid-19 updates from BNSSG via OneCare. Any new information regarding Infection Control is passed onto Clinical and non-Clinical team members as required

Greenway Community Practice has produced comprehensive Covid-19 policies with detailed SOP (standard operating procedures), several of which involve Infection Control procedures. These are easily accessible for all relevant members

 

Significant Events

There has been 1 incident involving IP+C issues in the last 12 months. 

  • Covid cough – A patient of unknown Covid status attended June 2020, having been Covid triaged by Patient Seervices team, but coughed over a nurse not wearing appropriate PPE.

The incident was discussed at a minuted Significant Event Meeting with the whole practice team, and training and actions implemented.

 

Audits

Ad hoc practice Infection Control Audits have been undertaken in the last 12 months, by Julie Prior and Alison Garrod.  No infection transmission incidents were recorded. A number of areas were identified as needing improvements.

  • Keeping clinical work surfaces as clear as possible
  • Ensuring sharps bins in rooms are in the closed position when no clinician in the room.
  • Evidence of hand towels in orange bin bags – these should be in clear bags

Annual audits take place where activity and procedure are looked at for

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Personal Protective Equipment usage
  • Clinical Room suitability and cleanliness
  • Sharps Handling
  • Specimen Handling
  • Medical Devices
  • Waste Handling and Disposal
 

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed. In the past year a number of risk assessments have been carried out. These include

  • Urine Testing
  • Modesty curtains in clinicians rooms
  • Toys in clinicians rooms
  • Venepuncture for the patient
  • Venepuncture for the phlebotomist
  • Giving immunisations/injections
 

Staff Training

  • There is a rolling 2 yearly Infection Prevention and Control training programme all staff 
  • Complete, along with regular PPE update as required
  • Infection Prevention and Control training is included with all new team member inductions
 

Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

All policies are regularly formally reviewed, however all are amended on an ongoing basis as current advice changes, or need arises.

The following policies/protocols are currently in place

  • Cleaning Plan last updated October 2019
  • Clinical Waste Protocol (incl sharps) last updated May 2021
  • Infection Control Policy  last updated December 2020
  • Laundering of linen last updated September 2020
  • Personal Protective Equipment last updated September 2020
  • Contagious Illness Policy last updated May 2021
  • Hand Hygiene Policy last updated February 2021
  • Needlestick Injuries last updated May 2021
  • Specimen Handling last updated January 2020
  • Disposable Instrument Usage last updated December 2019
  • Patient Isolation Policy last updated February 2021
  • Health and Social care Act 2008 Code of Practice on Prevention and Control of Infection

This Infection Control Statement covers the 12 months April 2020 to March 2021

We have developed separate policies, procedures and guidelines for the COVID-19 global pandemic