Preventing and controlling infection has long been an ongoing challenge for all healthcare workers at every level. High profile examples like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa or the prevalence of ‘super bugs’ like MRSA demonstrate that this challenge is not going to go away. As a nurse you have a responsibility to protect your patients from harm and preventing and controlling prevention is a crucial component of this.

Microbiological Specimens

Microbiological specimens

NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education

This chapter will address the following competencies:

Domain 3: Nursing practice and decision-making

Generic competencies

  • 3. All nurses must carry out comprehensive, systematic nursing assessments that take account of relevant physical, social, cultural, psychological, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors, in partnership with service users and others through interaction, observation and measurement.
  • 7. All nurses must be able to recognise and interpret signs of normal and deteriorating mental and physical health and respond promptly to maintain or improve the health and comfort of the service user, acting to keep them and others safe.

NMC Essential Skills Clusters: Infection Control

This chapter will address the following competencies within this cluster:

  • Ensures dignity is preserved when collecting and disposing of body fluids (Progression point 2).
  • Manages hazardous ...
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