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.
Respiratory therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
This program has been approved for 3 contact hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. The course has been approved from 1/10/2012 to 1/10/2014, 2/15/2014 to 2/15/2016, and 9/25/2016 to 9/25/2018.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.
This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.
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