Healthcare Associated Infections: Control and Prevention (339)

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Course Summary—Healthcare Associated Infections

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If you are licensed in the State of New York (or seeking licensure), your state-mandated course is New York: Infection Control and Prevention, including Sepsis

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are among the most common adverse events in healthcare. In addition to the personal consequences for patients, families, and professionals, HAIs add to the skyrocketing costs of the nation’s healthcare system. Given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it makes sense to review the tried and true rules for infection control. 

This course presents general infection control training for healthcare professionals, including responsibility for adhering to accepted principles and monitoring the performance of all for whom one is responsible. The course reviews the chain of infection, mechanisms of transmission, controls, PPE, and practices to protect both patients and workers.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

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Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, occupational therapists*, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in certain states (please see our accreditation page for information specific to PTs and PTAs).

*If you are an OT or OTA, the following course information applies to you:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, COTAs, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Introductory
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors

Learning Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. State 4 types of infection that represent 25% of all HAIs.
  2. Explain each of the 6 links in the Chain of Infection.
  3. Identify 6 of the essential Elements of Infection Control.
  4. Define 2 terms: benchmarks and zero tolerance.
  5. Explain “My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene.”
  6. Identify 2 types of vials requiring safe injection practices as they relate to patient and worker health.
  7. Describe the necessity for at least 4 types of PPE.
  8. Name at least 3 elements of environmental control.
  9. Relate the 5 post exposure services available to you as a healthcare worker.
  10. State 4 classic signs and symptoms of sepsis.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 Contact hours
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Marian McDonald, RN, MSN,
   Former Certified Infection Control Nurse
Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Available Credit

  • 5.00 Contact hours


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