UPrevent by McKesson
A comprehensive infection prevention program with the healthcare clinician in mind
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
by: McKesson Medical Surgical

Section: Corporate Partners




Are you and your staff ready for Flu Season?
 

 
 
McKesson Medical Surgical is here to help you prepare! 
We have created a comprehensive infection prevention program with the healthcare clinician in mind.  We’ve done the work for you by finding today’s current infection prevention resources from leading healthcare organizations and collecting them into a single, easy to use web portal. UPrevent offers educational resources designed to help you build successful infection prevention policies and procedures.  
 
Standard Precautions and the Role of PPE in helping with flu prevention:
Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to a variety of barriers including gowns, gloves, masks, eyewear, and respirators used alone or in combination to protect mucous membranes, airways, skin and clothing from contact with infectious agents. The level of PPE needed is determined by the type of clinical exposure with the patient and the degree of blood and bodily fluid contact that can reasonably be anticipated.
 
Importance of PPE:
OSHA issues regulations for workplace health and safety. These regulations require the use of PPE in healthcare settings to help protect personnel from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and TB. However, under OSHA’s General Duty Clause, PPE is required for any potential infectious disease exposure. Employers must provide their employees with appropriate PPE and ensure that PPE is disposed of, or, if reusable, that it is properly cleaned or laundered, repaired and stored after use.
 
Who Should Use PPE:
  • All healthcare workers who provide direct patient care to an infected patient
  • All support staff, including medical aides and cleaning staff
  • Family members or visitors in situations where the patient has been placed in isolation
 
Four Key Points on PPE:
  • Don before patient contact and/or before entering patient’s home
  • Use PPE carefully to prevent spreading contamination
  • Once tasks are complete, remove PPE carefully and discard in designated receptacles
  • Immediately perform hand hygiene before going to the next patient
Check the UPrevent site to find current information around infection practices to help protect your staff and patients!
 
Useful UPrevent links:
 
For further information, please contact:
Deb DeLisi BSN, RN, CNOR
Deb.delisi@mckesson.com
Clinical Affairs  
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