The very nature of healthcare settings makes them vulnerable to the spread of infections because they serve patients who are ill and are therefore susceptible hosts. Infection control and prevention and breaking the chain of infection are critical, especially during a pandemic. In view of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe, we offer this 15 contact hour Infection Special course bundle at a special price of $29.
The course begins with an in-depth discussion of infection control/infection prevention policies required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including breaking the chain of infection, a primary component of safe, effective patient care.
The next section offers a thorough explanation of bloodborne pathogens, engineering and workplace practice controls, and the purpose of personal protective equipment (PPE). We continue with an overview of SARS-CoV-1, the coronavirus pathogen that in 2004 spread to 2 dozen countries, killing more than 800 people before it was contained. COVID-19 is a more infectious type of coronavirus, now officially named SARS-CoV-2.
We conclude with Flu 2020, which describes the difference between seasonal and pandemic flu—a topic very much on our minds as we struggle to understand the behavior of the coronavirus. The course includes a review of what happened and what was learned from the 1918–1919 flu pandemic. Finally, the course describes how viruses are named, how they spread, and the importance of vaccination and other public health measures.