Why is it important?
- Infection control facilitates an environment that endeavors to prevent the transmission of disease to protect the health and safety of each resident, family, visitor and staff.
- Infection Control is integral to safe nursing practice.
- Residents of long term care facilities are at increased risk for developing infections due to immune and other body systems related to the aging process.
Purpose of Infection Control
- To promote wellness through education and immunization
- To prevent infections and the spread of communicable conditions to each resident, family member and volunteer.
- To manage infections and disease through daily surveillance of existing conditions.
- To enhance the infection control program by ensuring access to new theories and practices.
The immunization program for residents of Middlesex Terrace Limited includes:
- Tuberculosis (Mantoux) screening within 14 days of admission
- Annual fluzone clinics
- Pneumococcal Vaccine
- Tetanus Vaccine
The immunization program for Middlesex Terrace Limited personnel includes:
- Tuberculosis (Mantoux) screening of volunteers and newly hired staff.
- Annual fluzone clinics.
INFECTION CONTROL IS EVERYONES BUSINESS!
- Hand washing is the cornerstone of infection control.
- Hand washing is the most effective method of controlling infection and disease.
- All departments within the facility are supportive of and play an important role in the infection control program.
- An important component of the Infection Control Program is the ongoing education of residents, volunteers and staff.
- Awareness of the mode of infection transmission is paramount to the prevention and control of such conditions.
- Middlesex Terrace Limited offers scheduled and impromptu educational opportunities for staff and volunteers.
Our residents are susceptible to infections. To protect them from contacting contagious illnesses we ask for your cooperation in following our visitor restrictions.
If you are ill, please postpone your visit until you meet the criteria outlined below!
Respiratory Illnesses: Please do not visit until it has been a full 72 hours from the onset of your symptoms. If you have a lingering elevated temperature, do not visit until your temperature has returned to normal!
Gastrointestinal Illnesses: Please do not visit until it has been a full 48 hours since your last episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you have a lingering elevated temperature, do not visit until your temperature has returned to normal!
Please wash your hands using the water-less soap provided prior to and following your visit!
We appreciate your assistance in maintaining a healthy environment for our residents.