AN INTRODUCTION TO INFECTION CONTROL
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to provide health care professionals and other disciplines with the basic knowledge, tools, and strategies needed to practice infection prevention and control. Subjects covered include: chain of infection, human body’s defense mechanisms, hand washing, standard precautions, universal precautions, body substance isolation, safe injection practices, transmission based precautions, environmental infection control, bloodborne diseases, cross-infection, needle stick injuries, disinfection, sterilization, personal protective equipment, waste disposal, and relevant terminology.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Define infectious disease
- Define cross-infection
- List infectious diseases that may be transmitted or acquired in healthcare settings
- Describe each stage in the “chain of infection”
- Describe four methods of infectious disease transmission
- Describe three types of infectious disease contact transmission
- Compare and contrast antisepsis, disinfection, and sterilization
- List the principles of medical asepsis and surgical sepsis
- Identify when hands should be washed with soap and water and when use of alcohol-based hand rubs is permissible
- Describe three hand hygiene procedures
- Discuss standard precautions, universal precautions and body substance isolation
- Define personal protective (PPE) and its use
- Describe three types of transmission-based precautions
- Define environmental infection control
- Understand the psychological impact of isolation
CE CONTACT HOURS: 3
COURSE FEE: $24 (Group rates are available upon request. Contact .)
WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE: Registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, phlebotomists and other medical professionals
AVAILABILITY: Upon Demand
PRESENTATION METHOD: This downloadable course is in PDF format.
TEACHING METHOD: This is a self-paced course.
DURATION: All course requirements must be completed within 6 months of enrollment.
METHOD OF COURSE GRADING: Pass/fail grading system. Course examination is multiple choice and true/false statements. When a score of less than 70% is received, the examination may be taken one time without charge. Contact: for further information regarding additional retakes of the examination.
METHOD OF COURSE EVALUATION: After successful completion of the course examination, a course evaluation must be submitted to .
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon completion of the course content, examination with a passing grade of 70% and evaluation, student will receive a certificate of completion.
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS: All readings are incorporated in the course.
SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS: There are none.
AUTHOR’S BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Faye Battiste Otto, RN
Course Procedure from start to completion.
All courses and materials are based on United States laws and regulations unless otherwise noted. Laws vary from state to state.