Introduction to Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)

Infection prevention and control (IPC) is an essential component of healthcare quality and patient safety. In this module you will learn how and why healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur and how IPC reduces their risk and spread.

Self-paced
Language: English
Normative

Course information

Overview: Infection prevention and control (IPC) is an applied discipline that affects all patient care activities in healthcare settings. IPC, including prevention of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), is an essential component of healthcare quality and patient safety. In this module you will learn how and why healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur and how IPC reduces their risk and spread. Effective IPC includes building a program with all healthcare personnel (HCP) playing their part to prevent the spread of pathogens and AMR.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify possible causes of HAIs and describe how they are transmitted.

  • Describe how risk recognition protects patients and healthcare personnel and identify risk factors associated with HAIs in healthcare settings.

  • Describe the hierarchy of controls and how these controls reduce risk in healthcare settings.

  • Identify how the IPC core components provide a blueprint for successful implementation of IPC programs.

Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.

Certificates: A Record of Achievement will be issued to participants who receive at least 70% on the post-test. You have an unlimited number of attempts to meet the threshold.

Course contents

  • Introduction to IPC:

    In this module you will learn how and why healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur and how IPC can help to reduce the risk of spread.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 70% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.