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Plan your care: each healthcare worker is responsible for performing a risk assessment before every contact with a client and the client’s environment to ensure the proper control measures are in place to prevent transmission of infections.
Be aware of potential risk factors of clients that make them more susceptible to infections. Susceptible clients include very young children; clients who are elderly, nutritionally deficient, or chronically ill; clients undergoing medical treatments such as chemotherapy or taking medications such as high doses of steroids; and individuals who are already ill or have open wounds (Potter et al., 2019).
Be aware of the chain of transmission and implement ways to break the chain in practice.
The use of routine practices, effective hand hygiene techniques, additional precautions, and cleaning and disinfecting procedures contribute to enhancing client safety and eliminating significant healthcare risks.