Health care-associated infections, also known as nosocomial infections, are infections that develop after a resident's admission to a long term care facility. Those infections that are incubating at the time of admission, or develop within 48 to 72 hours of admission, are usually community associated, or hospital associated, if the resident is transferred from an acute setting.
Elderly residents in both acute and long term care settings are particularly vulnerable to infections, partly due to the age-related decline in immunologic function, but also due to the fact that antibody production declines with age.
To complete this course, you must do the following:Read the Overview and Course Objectives.Study the Content. Study the Terminology.Complete the Learning Activity.Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.
This course describes the importance of preventing health care-associated infection in long term care. The material is organized around the following categories:IntroductionMajor CausesOther CausesGeneral Prevention StrategiesPreventing Resistant StrainsSpecific Prevention ProceduresConclusion
The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others an understanding of the importance of preventing health care-associated infection in long term care, and some specific prevention procedures they can follow.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:Describe some of the major emerging diseases that affect long term care.Describe some of the major continuing infections that affect long term care.Describe the major causes of health care-associated infection in long term care.Describe some of the other causes of health care-associated infection in long term care.Describe general prevention strategies.Describe specific prevention strategies.