Disinfection 8 is a dynamic model that shows the flow of positive consequences when conditions at a facility support effective infection control. This figure 8 clearly charts the complete cycle that promotes benefits for residents and carers.
The decisive factors for infection control – planning, equipment and routines – act as switching points between the two circles. The top circle follows the chain of health and quality of life benefits for the resident. As the residents’ need for medical treatment decreases this activates the benefits for the carer shown in the lower circle.
1. A good hygienic environment
A high standard of hygiene is vital at all care facilities. This applies especially in elderly care. Our immune systems become less robust as we get older. When the elderly live in a communal setting this increases the risk of infection transmission.
2. Reduced risk of cross contamination
A comprehensive infection control strategy combining planning, equipment and hygiene routines offers the best possible protection. This is the optimum basis for reducing the volume of microorganisms in the environment, and thus the risk of cross contamination.
3. A healthier stay for the resident
As the risk of infection is reduced, the resident has a healthier stay at the care facility. Care periods become shorter and the use of antibiotics decreases. The physical and mental well-being of residents improves and they become more active.
4. Increased quality of life
Systematically applying good hygiene practices creates an environment with a lower risk of infection, care recipients become healthier and it becomes possible to improve mobility. The positive outcome for residents is an improved quality of life.