Woodthorpe Children Centres Policies

Infection control

Updated 13 Oct 2020

This policy describes good practice for clearing up body fluids , blood, vomit, faeces, etc that are a source of infectious micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses and fungi). The main risk is infection following hand to mouth/nose/eye contact and there is also a risk of infection via broken skin (cuts or scratches).

This polciy covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level.

The following should be followed:

  • Erect barriers and notices to keep others away until cleared up.
  • Disposable gloves and an apron should be worn when dealing with any blood or bodily fluids.
  • Paper towels should be used to cover any spillage or sutable exipment should be used¬† to clean it up.
  • The spillage will be dispose of in a safe and secure manner.
  • It will be double wrapped in yellow bags and marked as waste material and it will NOT be disposed of in a bin that children may get or have easy access to. (nappy bin)
  • All surfaces and other affected ares will be washed and cleaned with a suitable detergent before disinfecting.

Hand washing

  • When washing hands use liquid soap with warm water and use paper towels to dry

Tissues

  • These will be provided and children will be encouraged to blow or wipe their nose when necessary. Soiled tissues should be disposed of by putting them in the bin. Children should be encouraged to wash their hands after.

Paper Towels

  • Children should place any used paper towels in the bin once they have been used.

Nappies / First Aid Wipes

  • Soiled nappies must be disposed of in sealed plastic bags and placed in the disposal unit in the toilet. Soiled dressings for First Aid Waste as above.

Toys and Equipment

  • Must be washed during half term or more frequently if necessary. Especially if there is an outbreak of contagious illness and disease. Any damaged and / or broken toys / equipment must be removed immediately and reported to the relevant person.
  • All toys that children have placed in their mouth will be sterilised immediately after use.

Laundry

  • Soiled linen should be sluiced and then washed separately.