Infection Prevention and Control Basics for Health Care Workers in Patient Care Areas and/or Direct Care Roles
The “Infection Prevention and Control Basics Course for Health Care Workers Working in Patient Care Areas and/or Direct Care Roles” teaches the principles of routine practices and additional precautions for prevention and control of infections in health care settings.
This course highlights the importance of the Point of Care Risk Assessment (PCRA) and teaches the practices that will help health care workers protect patients, family/visitors, other health care workers and themselves.
The “Infection Prevention and Control Basics for Health Care Workers Working in Patient Care Areas and/or Direct Care Roles” course teaches the basic principles of infection prevention and control within all health care settings that are used for all patients/residents/clients, and additional precautions which are used for patients who are at risk of spreading infections. This course also focuses on the importance of the Point of Care Risk Assessment and teaches risk assessment techniques to be applied in a health care environment.
Upon completion of the “Infection Prevention and Control Basics for Health Care Workers in Patient Care Areas and/or Direct Care Roles” course, the learner will be able to:
- Recognize how infections are spread and prevented by identifying the six elements of the chain of infection and opportunities/ways to break each link
- Recognize hierarchy of infection prevention and control measures used in health care settings to prevent spread of infections
- Identify and understand the purpose of each of the elements of routine practices, including point of care risk assessment (PCRA), hand hygiene, personal protective equipment(PPE), cleaning and disinfection, and others
- Identify key components of the PCRA and apply it to evaluate the potential risk of spreading infections and implement measures to prevent spread
- Identify different types of additional precautions and applying specific measures to prevent spread of infections for patients/residents/clients who are at risk of spreading them
- Identify key considerations for outbreak prevention, detection and management.
It takes approximately 90-120 minutes to complete. The passing grade for the test is 80%.
Target audience: This course is appropriate for all health care workers who provide direct patient care and/or predominantly work in patient care areas. This includes nurses, physiotherapists, physicians, care aides, radiology and medical imaging technologists, phlebotomists, unit clerks, clinic receptionists, porters, Environmental Services (housekeepers) and many other roles.