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NOTE: This course provides less than 1 hour of continuing education credit and will not be accepted in states that require CE courses to provide a minimum of 1 hour of continuing education in a single learning session (e.g., Florida). For information on current CE requirements in your state, consult your state's licensure board for nurses.

This course provides nurses and other healthcare professionals with background infomation on the development of infection control techniques.

No commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

STATEMENT OF NEEDReducing the transmission of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) is a major concern for healthcare professionals. With the advent of HIV, the prevalence of hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and the resurgence of tuberculosis, infection prevention and control is one of your most important responsibilities as a healthcare worker. This course provides a foundation for understanding infection control practices by examining the history of hospital-acquired infections and describing the links in the chain of infection.

To complete this activity and obtain CE credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction/Disclosures section in its entirety.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.
  • Submit the online activity evaluation form.

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    CREDIT DESIGNATIONMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 0.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    This course reviews the history of hospital acquired infections (HAIs), and describes each link in the chain of infection. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Chain of Infection
  • Causative Agent
  • Reservoir
  • Portal of Exit
  • Mode of Transmission
  • Portal of Entry
  • Susceptible Host
  • Conclusion

    LEARNING OBJECTIVESAfter completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe events that led to the development of improved infection control practices.
  • Name two measures developed by OSHA and the Joint Commission to improve infection control practices.
  • Identify the CDC network used for reporting hospital-acquired infections.
  • Identify and describe each link in the Chain of Infection.

    This educational activity was wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. Margaret Fracaro, RN, MA, CIC, Mary O'Keefe, RN, MPH, CIC, and Marcia C. Wellington, RN-C, MS served as subject matter experts. Marguerite T. Voorhees, RN, MN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM served as nurse planner.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    UNAPPROVED USE DISCLOSUREMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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