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Infection Control - COVID-19 and Emerging Policies in Healthcare

Author: Noah Carpenter, MD and Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Cases of COVID-19 have increased around healthcare professionals. This calls for a review and revision of measures to prevent the spread of disease within a healthcare setting. SARS-CoV-2 spread may be faster and consideration of infection control practices should take into account spread that can occur as a result of droplet, aerosol, and other body fluid contact. As a drug or vaccine is being investigated for SARS-CoV-2, healthcare professionals are solely reliant on infection control and prevention measures for safety and to help reduce transmission of infection.

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Course Syllabus

I.       Introduction
II.      Emergence and Prevalence of COVID-19
III.     Transmission of COVID-19
1.        Person-to-Person Transmission
2.        Fomite Transmission
3.        Airborne Transmission
4.        Non-Respiratory Routes of Transmission
IV.     Infection Control Techniques in Healthcare
V.      Infection Control in Healthcare: Source Control
1.        Visitors
2.        Health Staff
3.        Appointments and Elective Procedures
VI.     Triaging New Patients and Quarantine Procedures
1.        Emergency Medical Services
2.        In-Patient Infection Control
VII.     Personal Protective Equipment
VIII.    Aerosol-Generating Procedures
1.        Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
2.        High Flow Oxygen
3.        Intubation
4.        Nebulizer Administration
IX.    Discontinuing Transmission Precautions
1.        Symptomatic Patients
2.        Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19: Asymptomatic Patients
3.        Empiric Transmission Precautions
4.        Home, Nursing Home, or Long-Term Care Facility Discharges
5.        Post-Mortem Care
X.     Healthcare Workers and COVID-19 Exposure
1.        Symptomatic, suspected or confirmed COVID-19
2.        Asymptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection
XI.    Case Study: Confirmed Case of COVID-19
X.     Summary


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