Infection Control and Prevention

Infection Control and Prevention 

Infection control is a serious public issue, and it is vital for healthcare workers and others working with the public to understand how to prevent infection. Controlling and preventing infection in long-term care settings is possible. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016) says that when healthcare professionals are aware of infections and they take steps to prevent them, there is a 70% reduction in the occurrence of some healthcare associated infections! This course will provide you with knowledge about infection control and prevention in long-term care settings, as well as the basics regarding how diseases are transmitted, the improper use of antibiotics, and specific guidelines on how to prevent illnesses such as influenza and tuberculosis.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

0.75 HOURS

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 (LHH) Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH) Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators

0.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

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

0.75 HOURS

Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals

0.75 HOURS

This program is approved for 0.75 hours by the Dietary Managers Association. Approval code 163020.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-ICPR-R1
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe the basic concepts of infection control and why it is important.
Apply standard and transmission-based precautions to prevent the transmission of various infectious illnesses and diseases.
Identify various infectious illnesses and diseases and how they are transmitted from one person to another.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Transmission of Infection A. Chain of Infection B. Contact Transmission C. Airborne Transmission D. Bloodborne Pathogens E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Infection Prevention A. Hand Hygiene B. Standard Precautions C. Personal Protective Equipment D. Other Components E. Transmission-Based Precautions F. Contact Precautions G. Droplet Precautions H. Airborne Precautions I. Review J. Summary Section 4: Infectious Agents A. Multiple-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) B. MRSA C. VRE D. CRE E. C. diff F. Tuberculosis (TB) G. Review H. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References

Staff Writer: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. 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. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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