This unit (HLTINF001) describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. This unit applies to individuals working in health and direct client care contexts.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:

Contact VU Polytechnic


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - followed established organisation infection prevention and control procedures on at least 3 separate occasions; - followed established organisation infection prevention and control procedures at least once for each of the following: - hand hygiene and care of hand; - use of personal protective equipment; - handling of waste; - enforcing clean and contaminated zones; - limitation of contamination; - surface cleaning.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - established guidelines for the prevention and control of infection; - personal and hand hygiene; - use and scope of personal protective equipment guidelines; - surface cleaning; - types of additional precautions and their relevance to particular areas of work or client groups; - types of hazards in the work environment and associated risks and control measures; - chain of infection; - basis of infection; - key modes of disease transmission - contact, airborne and droplet, and; - factors that increase the susceptibility to infection;

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