All healthcare facilities should establish or strengthen and implement IPC programmes and Occupational Health and Safety programmes to ensure health worker safety and prevent health worker infections while in the work environment. This course will highlight the epidemiology and risk factors associated with health worker infections with SARS-CoV-2, review measures that can be put in place to reduce risks, support identification of infection in health workers and review strategies for managing health workers to safely return to work post infection.
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Overview: During the COVID-19 pandemic health workers, in particular those in contact with and/or who care for COVID-19 patients, are at higher risk of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 than the general population. As the pandemic evolves, studies indicate that transmission involving health workers is also occurring in community settings (such as in households) in addition to health care settings. COVID-19 infections among health workers may lead to a depleted workforce during a time when the demand on the health care system has increased. In addition, health workers who are infected are at risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 virus to others in households and other community settings.This discourse provides an overview of strategies for the prevention, surveillance and testing of COVID-19 in health workers including the management following exposure and eventual safe return to work of health workers who have had suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections.
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.
Certificates: A Record of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available across all of the quizzes. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.