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Reducing the transmission of infectious diseases is a major concern for healthcare professionals. With the advent of HIV, and the resurgence of tuberculosis, infection prevention and control is one of your most important responsibilities as a home healthcare worker.

  • Agenda

  • 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:

  • Principles of Infection Control
  • Universal Precautions for Bloodborne Pathogens - HIV, HBV and HCV
  • Tuberculosis

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

  • Describe the chain of infection.
  • LIst prevention strategies to break the chain of infection.
  • Describe Universal Precautions for bloodborne pathogens.
  • Describe potential sources of bloodborne infection.
  • LIst the primary modes of transmission of HIV, HBV, and HCV inside the workplace and outside.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of personal protective equipment.
  • Describe the proper handling of sharps, lab materials, and waste materials.
  • Describe decontamination procedures.
  • LIst the steps that should be followed after an exposure incident.
  • Describe the symptoms of tuberculosis disease.
  • Explain the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for preventing transmission of tuberculosis.
  • Describe a Mantoux skin test.

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