Standards for Infection Control: An Update for Healthcare Workers (1.5 CE for Nurses)

09-27-2018 10:08 AM

Course Description

The purpose of this program is to provide healthcare workers with an understanding of the Universal Precautions to take to prevent the spread of the bloodborne infections AIDS and Hepatitis B and C, and precautions to take for tuberculosis.

Reducing the transmission of infectious diseases is a major concern for healthcare professionals. With the advent of HIV, the prevalence of hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and the resurgence of tuberculosis, infection prevention and control are two of your most important responsibilities as a healthcare worker. By studying this course, you will learn effective procedures which you can apply in the healthcare setting to protect yourself and patients from infection.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Review the chain of infection
  • Identify prevention strategies to break the chain of infection
  • Recall Universal Precautions for bloodborne pathogens
  • Discuss the primary modes of transmission of HIV, HBV, and HCV inside and outside the workplace
  • Describe the proper use of personal protective equipment, and the proper handling of sharps, lab materials, and waste materials
  • Define the symptoms of tuberculosis and describe CDC recommendations for preventing transmission of tuberculosis
Intended Audience

This educational activity was developed for nurses, healthcare assistants and healthcare staff.

CE Information

This course is approved for 1.5 contact hours by the Florida and California State Boards of Nursing. 

Course Authors

This course was authored by Medcom, Inc. and edited by Brenda Kozak, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE.

Brenda has over 20 years of clinical experience in nursing practice and is a certified nurse educator. She earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice along with a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on education.