Goal and Learning Outcomes
The goal of this three-part program is to update healthcare professionals’ ability to apply scientifically accepted infection-control principles to reduce transmission of pathogens. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Recognize the benefits of adhering to standards of infection control and describe the professional’s responsibility to adhere to these practices and the consequences of failing to comply
- Recognize the professional’s responsibility to monitor infection-control practices of those for whom he or she is responsible and intervene as necessary
- Describe how pathogenic organisms may be spread in healthcare settings, identify factors influencing the outcome of exposure, list strategies for preventing transmission of pathogenic organisms, and describe their application in practice
- Define engineering controls and work-practice controls and identify a hierarchy of exposure-prevention strategies
- Describe specific practices and settings that raise exposure potential to healthcare workers and patients and identify work practice controls that prevent exposure
- Recognize the circumstances that require the use of personal protective equipment and identify these specific barriers
- Identify a professional’s responsibility for maintaining a safe patient-care environment and recognize nonspecific disease findings that prompt evaluation of healthcare providers
- Recognize the role of occupational health strategies in protecting healthcare providers and patients as well as the importance of the correct application of reprocessing methods
- List specific occupational health strategies for preventing HIV, hepatitis B virus, and TB in healthcare providers, and identify resources for evaluation of healthcare workers infected with these conditions
- Describe the signs and symptoms of sepsis, and relate the importance of rapid identification and management
In support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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