What is the level of knowledge and self reported practices of domiciliary carers in relation to cross contamination?
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The knowledge of a Carer on preparing meals in a hygienic and safe manner for their client is vital in protecting client’s health. Cross contamination occurs through the transmission of harmful bacteria from preparing food, equipment and surfaces with the potential to causing ill health. With minimal published studies looking at domiciliary carers in relation to cross contamination, it could be critical to outline the level of knowledge of the carers providing a safe meal for clients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate and measure the self-reported knowledge and practices of domiciliary carers in relation to cross contamination during food preparation. Data was collected through telephone questionnaires with 30 home carers. The results of this study found carers have a good overall knowledge of basic cross contamination controls. Such as 90% of carers identified appropriate handwashing practices and the storage of raw meats. Further questions were asked on cleaning equipment, washing raw chicken and personal protective equipment. No significant difference was observed between formally trained and in house trained staff members. Barriers reported by carers to implementing good food hygiene and safety practices were acknowledge in relation to client’s behaviours, lack of equipment and cleanliness.
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