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Introduction to Week 3

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Hello everyone. Welcome to week 3 - the final week in this course. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and to learn about your own personal experiences. Last week, we focused on how infections, including antimicrobial resistant infections, can be acquired and spread. We covered the chain of infection and also considered the risks and hazards that contribute to the spread of the diseases, which you as healthcare and social care providers encounter regularly in the workplace. This week we will be considering the active steps that can be taken to protect your patients, residents, clients, members of staff from acquiring and spreading infections in the healthcare or social care environment.
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But following good infection control will also protect you, as well as members of your family and community. Once again, we have included articles, videos, as well as discussion boards, to enable you to explore these topics and allow you to discuss your own experiences and share your good practices. Finally, we would like you to consider your own practice - what might you consider pledging to change in your everyday practice to improve infection control, in order to combat the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance?
Previously we focused on how infections including antimicrobial resistant infections can be acquired and spread.
We covered the chain of infection, and also considered the risks and hazards that contribute to the spread of the diseases, which you as health care and social care providers encounter regularly in the work place.
Now we consider the active steps that can be taken to protect your patients, residents, clients, members of staff from acquiring and spreading infections in the health care environment.
Following good infection control will also protect you, as well as members of your family and community.
You can explore the topics, discuss your own experiences and share good practices. You should also consider your own practice and you may consider pledging to change your everyday practice to improve infection control in order to combat the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.
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Using Infection Control to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

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