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Reducing the transmission of infectious diseases during the provision of healthcare has been a concern of healthcare professionals for many years. With the advent of HIV, and the resurgence of tuberculosis, concerns about infection prevention and control have markedly increased among healthcare professionals and the general public. This has led to the establishment of regulations concerning professional conduct with regard to appropriate infection control techniques in all aspects of healthcare.


To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Professional responsibilities for infection control.
  • Modes and mechanisms of disease transmission and strategies for infection control.
  • Use of engineering and work practice controls.
  • Selection and use of barriers and personal protective equipment PPE.
  • Creation and maintenance of a safe patient care environment.
  • Prevention and control of communicable diseases in healthcare workers.

    The purpose of this program is to provide healthcare professionals an understanding of infection prevention and control techniques to protect the health of themselves, the patients and other healthcare workers.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe how pathogenic organisms may be spread in healthcare settings.
  • LIst strategies for preventing transmission of infection.
  • Describe the hierarchy of controls to prevent exposure.
  • Describe the circumstances which require the use of barriers or personal protective equipment to prevent transmission of infection.
  • Describe the appropriate use of protective personal protective equipment.
  • LIst diseases targeted for screening/immunization.
  • Identify occupational health strategies for preventing HIV, HBV, and tuberculosis in healthcare workers.
  • Describe the importance of correct application of reprocessing methods to ensure the safety and integrity of equipment and instruments.
  • Explain how to safely dispose of contaminated items.
  • Describe the safe handling of lab materials.
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