Basic Infection Control Training Programme

TARGET AUDIENCE

This program is directed at infection prevention and control professionals and other health professionals who require training in infection prevention and control (IP&C).  They include epidemiologists, physicians, resident physicians /junior doctors in training, nurses, dentists, podiatrists, physician assistants (PA), nurse practitioners (NP), health care students, and allied health staff. Various modules may be appropriate for different professionals. The table below provides suggestions regarding appropriate modules.

Module IC Team, Epidemiologists Physicians, PAs, Podiatrists Nurses, NPs Dentists Allied Health* Administrators Health care students*
Overview

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Patient Safety

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Risk Management

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Surveillance

X

X

X

X

X

X

Epidemiology

X

X

X

X

X

X

Audits

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Antibiotics

X

X

X

X

Outbreak Management

X

X

X

Costs

X

X

X

X

X

Microbiology

X

X

X

X

X

Pathogens

X

X

X

X

X

Hand hygiene

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Isolation precautions

X

X

X

X

X

X

Dialysis

X

Lower respiratory infections

X

Special populations

X

X

X

X

X

Maternal-child

X

X

X

X

Urinary tract infections

X

Surgical site infections

X

X

X

X

Bloodstream infections

X

X

X

GI infections

X

X

X

X

Housekeeping/laundry

X

X

X

X

X

X

Cleaning

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Water

X

X

X

X

X

X

Waste

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Construction

X

X

X

X

Bloodborne pathogens

X

X

X

X

X

X

Occupational health

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

*These groups include various professions or student groups, e.g., respiratory therapy, housekeeping, cardiac technicians, chemists, pharmacists, etc. Determine which additional modules may be appropriate based on the content.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe history, epidemiology and impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAI).
  2. Explain the roles and functions of Infection Control Committee, infection control physician and infection control nurse/practitioner.
  3. Describe essential components and implementation of an effective IPC program.
  4. Explain how to define HAIs and conduct HAI surveillance.
  5. Describe professional responsibilities in prevention of HAI and how to monitor and assess IPC practices and interventions.
  6. Identify barriers and personal protective equipment (i.e., Isolation precautions) and hand hygiene for protection from exposure to potentially contaminated material.
  7. Describe principles of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization and reprocessing equipment.
  8. Define engineering, environmental and work practice controls.
  9. Explain the importance of the environment (water, ventilation, medical waste) in IPC.
  10. Explain how microorganisms are spread and describe the way IPC concepts are applied.
  11. Describe the role of the microbiology laboratory and pathogens important to IPC.
  12. Identify a possible outbreak and initiate a preliminary investigation.
  13. Identify occupational health strategies for preventing the transmission of communicable diseases.

 

CORE ELEMENTS

Element I: Background of infection prevention and control.

  • Overview

 

Element II: Responsibility to adhere to principles and practices of infection prevention and control and to monitor performance.

  • Patient Safety
  • Risk Management
  • Surveillance
  • Epidemiology
  • Audits
  • Antibiotics
  • Outbreak Management
  • Costs

 

Element III: Modes and mechanisms of spread of microorganisms in the health care setting and strategies for prevention and control.

  • Microbiology
  • Pathogens

 

Element IV: Use of engineering and work practice controls to reduce the opportunity for exposure to potentially contaminated material.

  • Hand hygiene
  • Isolation precautions
  • Dialysis
  • Lower respiratory infections
  • Special populations
  • Maternal-child
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bloodstream infections
  • Surgical site infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • GI infections

 

Element V: Creations and maintenance of a safe environment through application of infection prevention and control principles and practices.

  • Housekeeping/laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Construction

 

Element VI: Prevention and management of infectious diseases in healthcare workers.

  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Occupational health