This week in our series, we will discuss the importance of infection control. In last week’s post, we talked about Equipment.
You never know where you will end up in the event of an emergency. Consider these tips regardless of the location during an emergency. The tips are particularly handy if you find yourself in an emergency shelter situation.
Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after every contact you have with the person you are caring for. Some people suggest singing the “happy birthday” song all the way through to ensure you have done a thorough job.
Wash your hands after any contact with bodily fluids, food or food preparation locations, and/or any medical equipment. For more information on infection control and hand-washing, you can visit the National Caregivers Library.
Using latex, vinyl, or nitrile gloves can help keep you and anyone that you are caring for be more protected. You want to try to protect against any bacteria that you might encounter during an emergency.
- Do not use gloves more than once
- Do not use gloves that are damaged or imperfect
You can find more information on wearing gloves and how they can protect from infection here at the National Caregivers Library.
If you do need to care for someone, ensure the work area is as clean as possible. Some tips for an optimal clean work area include:
- Have plenty of needed medical supplies on hand
- Careful not to allow medical supplies to be touched by anyone that is not wearing gloves
- Careful not to place any medical supplies directly onto any surfaces that are not covered or cleaned properly
- Have plenty of garbage bags and wipes to clean up
- Place needles and other used medical items in appropriate containers
The intent of this series is to educate and connect you with the resources and tools needed in an emergency. Coming up, we will talk about possible sensory considerations for those with autism or dementia during an emergency situation.
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All emergency planning details are adapted from Emergency Preparedness Plan. MindLight CEO is a contributing author.
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