The Infection Prevention Society has produced a training resource on infection prevention and control in care homes during the coronavirus pandemic

Introduction

Care home residents are by definition a vulnerable group at risk of serious illness or death if they develop Covid-19, while there is also a high risk of disease spread through a home in which a resident or staff member is infected. Rigorous infection prevention and control measures are essential to prevent infection entering care homes or from spreading if a resident or staff member becomes infected.

The Infection Prevention Society has developed a Covid-19 infection prevention and control training resource for care home staff, which is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.

Topics included in the guidance include:

  • Symptoms and severity of Covid-19;
  • How the disease is spread;
  • Sustained community transmission
  • Preventing the spread of Covid-19
  • Hand hygiene for residents and staff;
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Isolation for residents with known or suspected Covid-19;
  • Facilitating visits to residents receiving end-of-life care;
  • Minimising environmental contamination;
  • Staff uniforms and safety at home;
  • Staff with Covid-19.

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