Infection Control for Healthcare Professionals - RAD60011

Infection Control for Healthcare Professionals

by Barbara Barzoloski-O'Connor, MSN, RN, CIC
RAD60011
(4.4 / 826 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (2.00 CE Credit)

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Summary:

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.

Objectives:

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
 

 
Accreditation Information
 
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, imaging and radiation therapists, physicians, and respiratory therapists.
 
Imaging and radiation therapists: 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 ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
 
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 7/31/2012 to 8/1/2015.
 
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 7/31/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/4/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/1/2015

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning 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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Florencia R - St Augustine, FL  ·  Dec 05, 2016
Excellent and right to the point.
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Paul D - Saint Louis, MO  ·  Jul 31, 2015
Very informative. Some of the important terminology is italicized but I feel that there are some other key terms in the article that should have been emphasized.
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Trent B - PUEBLO WEST, CO  ·  Jul 26, 2015
Very helpful in my career.
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Alexander I - Houston, TX  ·  Jul 24, 2015
very instructive and educational
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ANGEL M - New Port Richey, FL  ·  Jul 21, 2015
This lesson was very appropriate and helpful for the health care field!
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