Many patients enjoy the benefits of in-home health care, and just like in a hospital setting, infections can be a threat. Infections in home health care patients are the leading cause of hospital admittance. A large percentage of in-home care patients are admitted to a hospital every year due to an infection. Keeping proper infections protocols in place and minimizing infections keeps patients in their home health care setting and out of the hospital.
Proper infection control can help keep patients at home healthier, while also improving their outcomes of getting better. By keeping infections at bay, patients are able to focus on their recovery without the worries of infection or hospital admittance.
Proper infection control also increases patient satisfaction. It is no surprise that when patients are healthier and recovering on track that they are happier. Proper infection control protocol ensures that patients are recovering in the cleanest and safest environment possible, helping with their satisfaction of their care.
Like patients, nurses can also be at risk of infections and spreadable disease. Nurses are often in the front lines working closely with patients which can put them at risk. Enacting and practicing proper infection control protects nurses and keeps them healthy and in the field with their patients, which is great for everyone.
Infection control is critical in the home health care setting. Our patients’ health, and employees’, and well being is in our hands and we must do everything we can to protect them from infections and spreadable disease. By practicing infection control protocols, we can ensure that our patients are receiving the best and safest care possible.
With all of this in mind, it is important to have an infection control plan in mind. This includes knowing and understanding procedures that prevent infections. Here are some tips for infection control in the home-health care setting:
Practicing these infection control protocols will ensure that the home-health setting is safe for both the patient and medical staff.