Orientation for Home-Based Services: Infection Control and Patient Care

Orientation for Home-Based Services: Infection Control and Patient Care 

Home-based services differ from traditional healthcare services in many ways. While many of the basic knowledge requirements, such as bloodborne pathogens, are the same, the way you apply this knowledge in home care is different. This course presents an orientation to home-based services, which includes home hospice care. It provides learners with introductory instruction that covers a range of topics including infection control, first aid, medical device safety, cultural considerations, and protecting an individual’s rights including confidentiality, abuse and neglect, and advance directives. It is important to note that implementation of practices regarding infection control and other care considerations is guided by your organization’s specific policies and procedures. While this course presents general information on these topics, you must be familiar with your organization’s specific policies and procedures.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.

This activity is approved for 1.5000 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed Home Health, Licensed and Certified Home Health, Personal Assistance Services. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-OHSICPC
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate use of proper infection control practices to prevent exposure to and spread of bloodborne and other infectious pathogens.
Use first aid techniques appropriately.
Explain steps to take to protect an individual’s rights.
Incorporate medical device safety recommendations into your practice.
Implement strategies to acknowledge different cultural practices.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Infection Control in Home-Based Care A. Bloodborne Pathogens B. Transmission of Pathogens C. Standard Precautions D. Hand Hygiene E. Personal Protective Equipment F. Other Components G. Transmission-Based Precautions H. Applying and Removing PPE I. Bag Technique J. Surface Barrier K. Review L. Summary Section 3: First Aid A. Are You Ready? B. Scene Safety C. How to Recognize an Emergency D. Emergency vs. Non-Emergency First Aid E. Musculoskeletal Injuries F. Head, Neck, or Spinal Injuries G. Splash Eye Injuries H. Burns I. Heart Attack J. Poisoning K. Severe Allergic Reactions L. Minor Cuts and Lacerations M. Severe Cuts and Lacerations N. Nosebleeds O. Low Blood Sugar P. High Blood Sugar Q. Shock R. Heat-Induced Illness S. Cold-Induced Illness T. Seizures U. Choking V. Loss of Consciousness W. Shortness of Breath X. Review Y. Summary Section 4: Protecting Individuals' Rights A. Informing Individuals of Their Rights B. Free from Discrimination C. Dignity and Respect D. Access and Knowledge E. Decision-Making and Choice F. Self-Determination G. Terminology H. Freedom from Restraints and Seclusion I. HIPAA J. Privacy K. A Safe Environment L. Review M. Summary Section 5: Medical Device Safety A. What is DME? B. The Safe Medical Device Act C. The Medical Device Home Use Initiative D. Review E. Summary Section 6: Cultural Considerations A. A Different Perspective B. You as a Guest C. Definition of Cultural Competence D. Avoid Assumptions E. Review F. Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Staff Writer: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.
Jennifer has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She is certified as an OASIS Specialist- Clinical (COS-C). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.” Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Home Health.
Relias will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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