Infection Control for Healthcare Professionals (Not for NY) - 60011

Infection Control for Healthcare Professionals (Not for NY)

by Barbara Barzoloski-O'Connor, MSN, RN, CIC, NHDP - BC
(4.5 / 15550 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Certified Medical Assistants (3.00 Hours)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Healthcare professionals are responsible for monitoring the performance of all personnel who are under their authority, licensed or not, about infection control techniques. Failure to adhere to these principles is considered unprofessional conduct and could subject the healthcare professional to disciplinary action, revocation of license and/or professional liability. Not only are there professional consequences, but failure to adhere to infection control standards also puts you and your patients at risk for adverse health outcomes. This three-part program will update your ability to apply scientifically accepted infection-control principles to reduce the transmission of pathogens.


The goal of this three-part program is to update healthcare professionals’ ability to apply scientifically accepted infection-control principles to reduce transmission of pathogens. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the benefits of adhering to standards of infection control and describe the professional’s responsibility to adhere to these practices and the consequences of failing to comply
  • Recognize the professional’s responsibility to monitor infection control practices of those for whom he or she is responsible and intervene as necessary
  • Describe how pathogenic organisms may be spread in healthcare settings, identify those factors influencing the outcome of exposure, list strategies for preventing transmission of pathogenic organisms and describe their application in practice
  • Define engineering controls and work practice controls and identify a hierarchy of exposure prevention strategies
  • Describe specific practices and settings that raise exposure potential to healthcare workers and patients and identify work practice controls that prevent exposure
  • Recognize the circumstances that require the use of personal protective equipment and identify these specific barriers
  • Identify a professional’s responsibility for maintaining a safe patient care environment and recognize nonspecific disease findings that prompt evaluation by healthcare providers
  • Recognize the role of occupational health strategies in protecting healthcare providers and patients and recognize the importance of the correct application of reprocessing methods
  • List specific occupational health strategies in preventing HIV, hepatitis B virus and TB in healthcare providers and identify resources for evaluation of healthcare workers infected with these conditions
Please note: Certified medical assistants can use contact hours earned from this course as non-preapproved CEUs toward recertification with the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, imaging and radiation therapists, physicians, and respiratory therapists.
Nurses: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.

Course Originally Released on: 1/24/2000
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/25/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Rania H - San Rafael, CA  ·  Apr 08, 2020
The information was detailed and easy to understand.
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Rhonda L - Cedar Rapids, IA  ·  Apr 08, 2020
very good content, a lot of information!
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Alyssa R - Fredericksburg, VA  ·  Apr 08, 2020
It was very informative
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John Randy S - silve rspring, MD  ·  Apr 08, 2020
very informative and easy to understand
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Lisa B - Millville, NJ  ·  Apr 08, 2020
great refresher course for infection control
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