Prepare novice hospital-based infection preventionists (IP) for the initial phase of their work and educate other healthcare staff on the basics of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention.
This course is not intended to be a substitute for a full 5-day fundamentals course recommended for all new IPs , but rather a bridge until such a course can be attended.
- New IPs who have not yet attended a beginners or foundations course.
- Staff from non-hospital care settings such as ambulatory surgery, dialysis centers, or others with infection prevention responsibilities
- Clinical staff with an interest in infection prevention or becoming part of the IP team
- Hospital-based quality improvement staff, administrators, or managers interested in learning more about infection prevention strategies
- IPs returning to work after being out of the profession for an extended length of time.
- Define the role of the IP.
- Review the etiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, and evidence-based prevention practices for
- Central line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI),
- Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (UT)I,
- C. difficile infection (CDI),
- Surgical site infection (SSI), and
- Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).
- Describe basic principles of HAI surveillance.
- Describe how the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is used.
- List important resources readily available to the IP.
- Discuss the principles of a successful hand hygiene program.
- List the types and uses for transmission-based precautions.
- Discuss the importance of relationships with other leaders in your organization.
- Describe the role of the IP in the environment of care and sterile processing.
- List the necessary components the IP must know to prevent employee infections.
- Describe principles of adult learning.
- Review federal, state and local regulations for infection prevention.
What is in this agenda items?
- All of the educational materials presented during the 2 day course, including references and additional resource tools are easily accessible on this site.
Acknowledgements: Lynn Janssen, MS, CIC, Chief; Vicki Keller, RN, BSN, CIC, Program Coordinator, Course Development Lead; Linda Becker, RN, BSN, MPH; Sue Chen, RN, MPH, CIC; Tracy Lanier, RN, BSN, CIC; Teresa Nelson, RN, BSN, CIC; Terry M. Nelson, RN, MBA, CIC; Mary Nennig, RN, BSN; Sahskkia Saballos; and The California APIC Coordinating Council for assistance with the original content, 2011.