Infection Control Audit
"If the burden of healthcare associated infection is to be reduced, it is imperative that architects, designers and builders be partners with healthcare staff and infection control teams when planning new facilities or renovating older buildings."
Source: NHS Estates 'Infection control in the built environment – Design and Planning.'
Much of our ability to reduce the secondary reservoir of organisms with the potential to infect patients within the built environment is not down to procedures but is down to design. Appropriate provision of toilet facilities, hand washing, bed spacing, correct finishes, furnishings, fixtures and ventilation all contribute to staffs ability to reduce infection sources.
We are able to tailor our Infection Control Audit to suit your own local situation. Typically we use a Checklist approach to the audit that will identify where remedial action needs to be carried out or adaptations made to improve the infection control.
Elements of the Audit cover:
- Bed Spacing
- Isolation Rooms
- Distances to Toilet facilities
- Toilet facilities
- Location and numbers of hand wash sinks
- Washing and drying provision
- Floor finishes
- Work surface finishes
- Ceiling finishes
- Wall finishes
- Disposal Rooms
- Utility Rooms
All the findings are written up in a report with photographs and recommendations for remedial action. We will prioritize the degree of risk that the hazards represent so that a clear order can be identified to reduce the harm potential.