What are the common local policy used in a clinical practice area?
The purpose of this assignment is to identify a local policy used in a clinical practice area to describe the implications that this policy may have to person-centred nursing care. Person-centred care is allowing patients to have their own views and opinions on what care is best for them, rather than allowing health care staff to have any influence. The policy used for this assignment is infection control focusing on the local trust hand hygiene policy. To ensure the upmost safety of staff and patients within a clinical area, they will have their own hand hygiene policy, this enhances evidence based practice in relation to best methods used to reduce the risk of infection. Evidence based practice, is whereby health care professionals use the best evidence available to provide the most appropriate care to patients in practice, impacting on person-centred care. The intention of using the hand hygiene policy is to relate to current practice, and implications that take place within current policy and procedures used. Currently infection control is a huge implication within health care and research from the World Health Organisation suggest that effective hand hygiene prevents antibiotic resistance. WHO have also stated that good infection control practice will reduce the risk of health threats such as Ebola and weak health systems. On analysis of this local hand hygiene policy, the underpinning evidence will be explored and compared with government policy and guidelines. Whilst critically analysing the policy and describing the implications on person-centred care, this assignment will also demonstrate the research methods used to reinforce this evidence for this policy and will outline any ethical underpinnings related to hand hygiene.