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Infection Control: Prevention and Management of Harmful Pathogens in Healthcare Settings

Author: Jennifer McAnally, DNP, PMHNP-BC

CE: 3 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

All members of the health team are continuously exposed to hazards of infectious disease transmission. Exposure and injuries to harmful infectious bacteria and viruses can be transmitted to health team members by needlesticks or sharps injury, splash contact, and exposure to body fluids. Patients and visitors are also at risk of exposure. Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and the human immunodeficiency virus account for the greatest number of infectious exposures of concern. Important principles of infectious disease control and prevention, management of accidental exposure, and of sepsis are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

I. Introduction
II. Epidemiology of Acquired Infectious Diseases in Healthcare
III. OSHA: Occupational Exposure and Infection Risk
1. HIV and Risk of Infection
2. HBV and HCV Risk of Infection
3. Needlestick Injuries and Other Exposures
4. OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogens Standard
IV. Employer and Employee Compliance to Standard Prevention
1. Contact Precautions
2. Managing Exposures
V. Reporting Exposure
1. Healthcare Employee Information
2. Source Patient Information
3. Hepatitis B Post-Exposure
4. Source Patient Evaluation
5. Healthcare Worker Evaluation
6. Hepatitis C Post-Exposure
7. Source Patient Evaluation
8. Healthcare Worker Evaluation
9. HIV Post-Exposure
10. Source Patient Evaluation
11. Healthcare Worker Evaluation
12. Recommended HIV Therapy
13. Special Considerations
VI. Arterial/Venous Access for Adult and Pediatric Patients
1. Arterial Catheterization
2. Pulmonary Artery Catheterization and Monitoring
3. Management of Sepsis
VII. Harmful Effects of Infection Prevention
VIII. Case Study: Health Employee Exposure
IX. Summary


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