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New York State Infection Control

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New York State Infection Control

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Faculty: Erin Azuse, RN BSN

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: 60 minutes.

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This course is designed to meet the requirement by the state of New York for health care professionals to receive proper training on infection control and barrier protection. It includes the most recent updates, as listed in the 2018 Infection Control Syllabus.

Course includes a video and audio component with stand-alone exam.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify how pathogens may be transmitted in the work environment.
  • 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.
  • Describe Sepsis and it's princples of treatement.

Target Audience

New York State Providers

Table of Contents

New York State Infection Control

Table of Contents:

  • New York State Infection Control
  • Legal Notice
  • Purpose of Course
  • Learning Objectives
  • Element 1
  • Standards of Professional Conduct
  • Responsibilities of Healthcare Professionals
  • Element II
  • Introduction to the Infectious Disease Process – The Chain of Infection
  • What Happens Once Exposure to a Pathogen Occurs?
  • How Do We Prevent the Spread of Pathogens in Healthcare Setting?
  • Hand Hygiene to Prevent the Spread of Pathogens
  • Hand Hygiene Methods
  • Host Support to Prevent the Spread of Pathogens
  • Environmental Controls to Prevent the Spread of Pathogens
  • Engineering and Work Practice Controls to Reduce the Spread of Pathogens
  • Element III
  • High Risk Practices and Procedures
  • Unsafe Injection Practices
  • Safe Injection Practices
  • OSHA Guidelines for Safe Injections
  • Who is at Risk for Exposure to a Pathogen?
  • What Types of Devices Can Cause Exposure?
  • Where do Exposures Occur?
  • What Circumstances Lead to Exposure to a Pathogen?
  • Engineering Controls
  • Work Practice Controls
  • Element IV
  • Types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Choosing PPE Based on Anticipated Interaction
  • Proper Fit for PPE
  • Proper Use of PPE
  • Putting on PPE
  • Removing PPE
  • Element V
  • Universal Principles for Reprocessing Medical Equipment
  • Factors Influencing Potential for Contamination
  • Steps of Reprocessing
  • How to Determine What Level of Reprocessing is Needed
  • Cleaning Medical Equipment
  • Disinfecting Medical Equipment
  • Sterilizing Medical Equipment
  • Handling, Packaging, and Storing Sterilized Equipment
  • Potential Sources of Cross-Contamination in the Healthcare Setting
  • Factors That Have Contributed to Contamination and Disease Transmission
  • Expectations for Healthcare Professionals
  • Element VI
  • Employee Health Assessments
  • Management of Healthcare Workers with Potential Communicable Disease
  • Healthcare Workers and Bloodborne Pathogens Risk
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Prevention Strategies for Bloodborne Pathogens
  • What Should a Healthcare Worker Do if Exposed to Bloodborne Pathogens?
  • What Should a Healthcare Worker Do if Exposed to an Airborne or Droplet Pathogen?
  • What if a Healthcare Worker is Infected with a Bloodborne Pathogen?
  • Element VII
  • Understanding Sepsis
  • New York State Sepsis Improvement Initiative and Rory Staunton’s Law
  • Causes of Sepsis
  • Early Recognition of Sepsis
  • Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock
  • Principles of Sepsis Treatment
  • Patient Education and Sepsis Prevention
  • End of Course Exam

Course Content Example 1

Standards of Professional Conduct

Infection prevention is an important responsibility for those in the healthcare field.

Standards are set by sources such as:

  • Rules of the Board of Regards, Part 29.2 (a)(13_
  • Part 92 of Title 10 (Health) of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of New York
  • Professional and national organizations

Infection prevention standards include:

  • Proper cleaning, sterilization or disinfection of instruments, devices, materials and work surfaces
  • Appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Use of covers on equipment that are prone to contamination
  • Proper handling of sharp instruments

Course Content Example 2:

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

Participation in infection control training is required for compliance with this responsibility.


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