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Infection Prevention and Control

INSTITUTION

POLHN

SUBJECT

Infections and diseases

LANGUAGE

English

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Gain the knowledge to ensure patients are treated in a safe and healthy setting.

 

In this POLHN self-paced programme, you will learn the basic concepts required to detect health care associated infections, and to prevent and manage outbreaks.

 

This course begins with the basics of health care associated infections and epidemiology, before explaining what precautionary actions should be taken. Finally, you will be taught how to manage outbreaks.


What will you learn?

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain health care associated infections (HCAIs) and antimicrobial resistance, contributing factors, costs and impact
  • Apply appropriate steps to break the chain of infection and reduce health care associated infections
  • Use correct infection prevention and control measures including standard and transmission-based precautions
  • Adopt best practices in collecting, labelling, transporting and reporting on specimens for laboratory analysis
  • Apply epidemiological principles and best practices in surveillance and outbreak detection and management
  • Assess and take steps to improve infection prevention and control in health care settings.

This modular e-learning basic course on "Infection Prevention and Control" offers hands-on training to health care professionals regarding basic concepts of Infection Prevention and Control in health care settings. The topics covered in this online infection control course are an overview of hospital-acquired infections, standard precautions to be practiced by the staff and patients to reduce infection transmissions. This e-learning course focused on infection control training for healthcare workers is helpful in day-to-day activities of trainee medical students, trainee nursing students, nursing and auxiliary health care workers, managers and staff of allied medical services (CSSD, laundry, biomedical waste management, housekeeping, security, maintenance services, etc.). The course is also useful for policymakers in health and medical services, engineers and architects engaged in the design, construction and renovation of health care buildings, health care administrators, medical doctors, health care workers, and laboratory technologists.

After completing this infection control training course, the students shall be able to learn:

  • Infections, hospital-acquired infections and nosocomial infections;
  • Reasons for hospital-acquired and nosocomial infections;
  • The importance of Infection Prevention and Control;
  • Engineering measures of Infection Prevention and Control;
  • Administrative measures of Infection Prevention and Control;
  • Uses of Personal Protective Equipments measures in Infection Prevention and Control;
  • Importance of hand hygiene and five moments of hand hygiene;
  • Different types of hand hygiene techniques;
  • Procedure for hand hygiene in surgical scrubbing;
  • Importance of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette;
  • Important aspects of cleaning and disinfection of patient care environment;
  • Sterilization and disinfection of patient care equipment and its importance in infection control;
  • How to deal with needlestick injuries in the day to day practices in health care settings; and
  • How to handle biomedical wastes and its importance in Infection Prevention and Control.

Getting started
Thank you for choosing this course. This is a self-paced and free infection control course for nurses and public health workers. In this course, you will be able to understand the basic principles of Infection Prevention and Control. The overall objectives of this e-learning course are to:Train health care workers in various control measures of Infection Prevention and Control.To sensitize health care workers in standard precautions to be taken while handling patients.To emphasize the uses and importance of personal protective equipment health care delivery.Unlike various other online infection control courses for nurses, practitioners and public health workers which may not cover infection topics at length or have a narrow scope, POLHN IPC courses are divided into two categories (basic and advanced) to comprehensively cover all aspects.
Module 1 - Introduction and Overview
Infection Prevention and Control in health care settings is everyone's responsibility. In this module you will learn the basic concepts of infections, Chain of infection transmission, commonly occurred hospitals acquired infections, factors influencing hospital-acquired infections and various measures to be taken for effective Infection Prevention and Control.
Module 2 - Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Hygiene
Hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene are the two most important standard precautions while handling infectious patients. In this module you will learn about the types standard precautions to be taken to while attending to the patients, various hand hygiene techniques and procedures in routine patient care, various hand hygiene techniques, and procedures in surgical scrubbing, Respiratory Hygiene and cough etiquette and patient counseling in the prevention of air-borne infection transmission.
Module 3 - Disinfection and Sterilization of Patient Care Equipments/Environment
Disinfection and sterilization of patient care equipment/environment are equally important in preventing transmission of disease to health care workers and other patients. Topics related to disinfection and sterilization of patient care equipment/environment, prevention of needlestick injury, Biomedical Waste Management, Hospital Linen Management are covered in this module.
Course Evaluation Quiz
In this course, you were able to understand the basic principles of Infection Prevention and Control.To summarize, the following aspects are covered in this basic course: Infections, hospital-acquired infections and nosocomial infections; Reasons for hospital-acquired and nosocomial infections; Types of hospital-acquired infections; The reasons for hospital-acquired infections; The importance of Infection Prevention and Control; Engineering measures of Infection Prevention and Control; Administrative measures of Infection Prevention and Control; Personal Protective Equipment measures of Infection Prevention and Control; Details of standard precautions; Importance of hand hygiene and five moments of hand hygiene; Different types of hand hygiene techniques; Procedure for hand hygiene in surgical scrubbing; Importance of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette; Important aspects of cleaning and disinfection of patient care environment; Sterilization and disinfection of patient care equipment and its importance in infection control; How to deal with needlestick injuries in the day to day practices in health care settings; andHow to handle biomedical wastes and its importance in Infection Prevention and Control.After completion of the modules, students are eligible to take Comprehensive Evaluations test which consists of 10 questions. Minimum qualifying marks are 80%. Upon successful completion, students obtain free online infection prevention and control course certificate.

Course Questions & Answers

The Infection Prevention and Control course assume no prior knowledge of the subject matter, although some modules may be challenging without prior knowledge of basic physiology or pathology.
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Yes, this course has recommended and additional readings. These can all be easily accessed on Moodle.
There is no time limit for completing this IPC self-paced course. POLHN recommends spending about 4 hours per week over the period of 6 weeks.
Once you enrol yourself into this course on Moodle you will have access to all the lectures and assignments.
Once you successfully complete your course by completing all the modules and passing all the assessment, your certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email. You can also access all your certificates through our digital certification system here: https://polhn.org/certificate-verification. If you are having any problems accessing your certificate, simply email us at support@polhn.org and we will help you.

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.


Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.


Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

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This course offers training to health care professionals regarding basic concepts of infection prevention and control and gives an overview of nosocomial infections and precautions to avoid their spread.

Infection Prevention and Control

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