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An infection prevention and control kit could be available at reception, to be used when a patient presents with a suspected or confirmed infectious disease. A prevention and control kit contains items for implementation of standard and transmission-based precautions, including personal protective equipment.
The infection prevention and control kit should be used when a patient presents with a potentially infectious disease, and must be frequently checked and restocked as necessary.
Practices can involve staff in risk management procedures to identify any additional measures that may be required.
Table 11.1. Sample contents of Receptionists’ infection prevention and control kit
Nonsterile disposable gloves
Eye protection (eg goggles)
Masks – regular surgical masks for patients and P2/N95 masks for staff, for protection against microbial infections transmitted by air
Tissues – for general use in promoting respiratory hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette
Waste bin, lined with a plastic bag, for disposing of used tissues
Alcohol-based handrub or antimicrobial wipes for hand hygiene
TGA approved detergent/disinfectant solution or wipes for cleaning surfaces after contact with an infectious patient
Yellow biohazard bags for disposal of contaminated items and to line the waiting area bin.
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