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
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.
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.
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