Infection Control and COVID-19 in Healthcare

Infection Control and COVID-19 in Healthcare

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Faculty: Erin Azuse, RN BSN with contribution by James Bright

Successful Completion: Complete entire module, complete the exam with a passing score of 80% or better, and complete the evaluation form.

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 90 minutes minutes.

CEUs: HIPAA Exams is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this program. CEU Information

Overview

The purpose of this self-paced learning module is to inform healthcare professionals of the infection control guidelines issued in the AAHA 2018 Infection Control Syllabus, and to provide you current CDC recommendations on how to handle COVID-19 in a healthcare setting, including patients with or suspected to have COVID-19.


With the recent health pandemic caused by COVID-19, Infection Control practices are even more important than ever in the healthcare setting. From protecting patients to protecting our essential healthcare workers, Infection Control and COVID-19 in Healthcare Setting will arm you with the best practices to limit the spread of infection.


Course includes an eLearning component with stand-alone exam

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Apply current AAHA 2018 Infection Control practices in the healthcare setting
  • Identify how infectious pathogens may be transmitted in the healthcare setting
  • Apply current scientifically accepted infection prevention and control principles to work practice
  • Explain ways to minimize the opportunity for transmission of pathogens to patients and healthcare workers
  • Identify different types of infectious diseases
  • Explain how to minimize the spread of COVID-19
  • Apply current CDC recommendations on how to handle COVID-19 in the healthcare setting

Target Audience

This course is designed for all those working within the healthcare setting that may be exposed to infectious viruses like Hepatitis B, HIV, or coronaviruses including COVID-19.


Have you recently taken an Infection Control course? If so, take our COVID-19 in Healthcare course to learn CDC Recommendations and how your current Infection Control practices can be applied!

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

  • Intro to Course (5 minutes)
  • Infection Control and Healthcare Professionals (5 minutes)
  • Modes and Mechanisms of Transmissions in the Healthcare Setting (10 minutes)
  • Prevention of Spread of Pathogens in Healthcare Settings (15 minutes)
  • Barriers and Personal Protective Equipment (10 minutes)
  • Infection Control Principles and Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization (10 minutes)
  • Prevention and Control of Infections and Communicable Diseases in Healthcare Workers - Bloodborne Pathogens (10 minutes)
  • COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Viruses (35 minutes)


Course Content Example 1:

Responsibilities of Healthcare Professionals


Healthcare professionals have two responsibilities when it comes to infection control:

  1. Must adhere to scientifically accepted principles and practices regarding infection control in the workplace
  2. Must monitor others for whom they are responsible regarding proper infection control


Failure to meet these responsibilities can result in consequences, including:

  1. Increased risk for adverse health outcomes for both patients and healthcare professionals
  2. Professional misconduct charges, including disciplinary action, revocation of professional license, and professional liability


Course Content Example 2:

Choosing PPE Based on Anticipated Interaction


PPE should be selected based on the potential contact with blood or bodily fluids

  • For possible blood or bodily fluid splashes: Use gloves, fluid resistant gown, mask and eye protection. 
  • For respiratory droplets- Use a face shield or mask with eye protection.
  • For airborne pathogens- Use a particulate respirator.


PPE should also be selected based on the volume of fluid expected.

  • For example, minimal bleeding may only require the use of gloves, whereas large volume of bleeding may require gloves, face shield, and a fluid impervious gown.


Course Content Example 3:

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)


First reported in Wuhan City, China in December of 2019, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can potentially lead to death. It is considered the most contagious strain of coronavirus yet, and due to that was declared a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Symptoms can include: 

  1. Fever
  2. Cough/Sore throat
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Headache
  5. Loss of taste or smell
  6. and more


80% of patients with COVID-19 experience mild/moderate symptoms, while up to 20% will experience sever issues requiring hospitalization. It is also possible to be asymptomatic and show no signs of illness. The known percentage of asymptomatic carriers is limited at this time due to testing constraints. Similarly, it can take between 2 to 14 days, with an average of 5 days, for patients to start showing symptoms. The death rate is currently being reported between 2 to 4%, which makes it 10x deadlier than influenza


Currently there is no medical cure for COVID-19

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