Infection Control Policy:
When people live or work closely together they are more at risk from spreading disease. When a person has an infectious illness strict precautions will be observed.
- To minimise the risk of spreading disease within the school environment.
- To train and inform staff so they are aware of any risks and the precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of infection.
- Provide preventative measures such as procedure, training and personal protective equipment.
- Record all incidents of infection.
- Report notifiable infections to the local enforcing authority.
Control of infection
- In cases of infection, all areas will be identified and procedures implemented to control the risk of infection being spread.
- Advice will be sought from the Schools Medical Officer and The Health
Protection if necessary.
- Where required, staff involved will be given ad hoc training in the particular infection control procedures.
- Close communication will be maintained with parents/guardians in the case of infections to pupils.
Procedures for control of infectious disease
- If an infectious disease is suspected, the School’s Medical Officer will be contacted.
- Subject to the Medical Officer’s advice, any boarding pupils suspected of being infectious should be isolated and if possible and necessary will be sent home or to their guardians home. Any day pupils suspected of being infectious should not be allowed to come to school.
- All toilet seats, handles, hand basins and taps will be disinfected after use by any infected person.
- The contaminated clothing/bedding will be placed in alginate bags in a washing machine and washed at a minimum temperature of 60C or the hottest wash the fabric will tolerate.
- Cleaning schedules will be prepared.
- Staff are to wear disposable portable protective equipment (PPE), available in surgery.
- Reports of any incidences of fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes, discharges, are to be reported to the Nurse or a matron and documented.
- Infected staff should not return to work until at least 48 hours if vomiting and diarrohea has occurred, or unless cleared by a GP.
- Any cases of food poisoning or other related infections will be reported to the local Environmental Health Officer and records will be kept.
- Any notifiable diseases will be reported to the local Health Protection Agency and relevant records kept.
Prevention of infection – Procedure to clear up body spillage
- In cases of any spillage of blood, bodily fluids, or excreta, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including disposable plastic gloves and disposable aprons, must be worn and disposed of appropriately after use. (Body spillage kits are available from the Surgery)
- Any body fluid spills: blood, faeces, nasal and eye discharges, saliva and vomit will be immediately clean up using PPE. It is important to avoid getting splashes in eyes, nose, mouth or open sores or cuts. Any surfaces where spills have occurred will be cleaned and disinfected (following manufacturer’s instructions) that will kill both bacteria and viruses.
- Should there be a spillage of bodily fluids, carpet and fabric emergency clean-up powder sanitaire sachets are situated in Surgery, the dining Hall, Pre-Prep and in each Matrons ‘caddy’ in their rooms.
- Any mops used should be cleaned in a cleaning equipment sink, rinsed with disinfectant solution and dried.
- Small quantities of clinical waste should be double bagged and disposed of via the household refuse system in black bin bags.
Prevention of infection – Dealing with “sharps’”
- A Sharps’ container is available in Surgery.
- When collecting litter, litter picks should be used wherever and whenever practicable. Any sharps found are to be placed directly and very carefully into an approved sharps’ container.
- No attempt should ever be made to bend, break, cut or otherwise tamper with sharps.
- Sharps’ containers should be handled or transported any more than is absolutely necessary. They should be secured whilst being transported to avoid damage to the container and subsequent spillage.
- Arrangements are made to ensure that sealed sharps containers are disposed of in a safe manner, by arrangement with the school doctor.
- The Headmaster should be notified of all circumstances where any sharps are disposed of.
- Accidents should always be recorded in the Accident Book.
- In the event of injury caused by potentially contaminated needles or sharps’:-
- Bleeding should be encouraged;
- The site should be wash with running water;
- The person involved will immediately visit a GP or the local hospitals Casualty Department and inform them of the circumstances of the incident. Advice should then be given on any further treatment that may be necessary.
Infection control table
The Nurse, in liaison with the School’s Medical Officer and Health Protection Agency, will provide current information about the recommended period any children/staff with specific infectious diseases should be kept away from School.
Female Staff – Pregnancy
In School, whether permanent or visiting, animals’ living quarters should be kept clean and away from food areas. Waste should be disposed of regularly and litter boxes not accessible to children. Young people should not play with animals unsupervised. Particular care should be taken with reptiles as all species carry salmonella.
Following an animal bite pupils/staff should go immediately to the hospital or doctors surgery.