Infection Control in Home Care

Infection Control in Home Care 

Home-based services differ from traditional healthcare services in many ways. While many of the basic knowledge requirements, such as those for bloodborne pathogens, are the same, the way you apply this knowledge in home care is different. Understanding the chain of infection and ways to break this chain is critical for all who have contact with individuals in home care settings and is key in preventing the spread of potentially harmful microorganisms. In this course, you will learn about the chain of infection, bloodborne pathogens, standard and transmission-based precautions, and tuberculosis. It is important to note that implementation of practices regarding infection control is guided by your organization’s specific policies and procedures. While this course presents general information on this topic, you must be familiar with your organization’s specific policies and procedures.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 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 and Certified Home Health (L&CHH), Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-ICHC
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe the links in the chain of infection.
Demonstrate use of proper infection control practices to prevent exposure to and spread of bloodborne and other infectious pathogens.
Identify practices to use when caring for a person with tuberculosis.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Infection Control in Home-Based Care A. Chain of Infection B. Bloodborne Pathogens C. Transmission of Pathogens D. Rosie E. Standard Precautions F. Hand Hygiene G. Personal Protective Equipment H. Other Components I. Transmission-Based Precautions J. Review K. Applying and Removing PPE L. Bag Technique M. Surface Barrier N. Review O. What is Tuberculosis? P. Transmission Q. Testing for TB R. TB in the Home S. Review Section 3: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

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 level General Staff; in the following settings: Home Health.
G Tags:
G680, G682, G684
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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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