A great number of professionals in the healthcare field must undergo infection control continuing education. Typically, they need to take re-certification every 4 years. If you need to take such courses you must make sure that the infection control course is offered by a school or college which is an approved provider of the continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentializing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Specialists such as registered nurses, respiratory therapists or dental hygiene assistants must complete these courses.
In order to be able to earn your certificate in infection control, you have to score 70% or higher at the examination. The main aim of these courses is to offer healthcare professionals a thorough understanding of the current infection control procedures and practices, all of which must be applied within the healthcare facility. Some of the topics include:
-Standard infection control precautions
-environmental controls and procedures
-work practice controls
-engineering controls & airborne precautions and techniques
The main aims of infection control continuing education courses include:
-making sure that healthcare professionals know exactly how the viruses and the pathogens are transmitted within the work environment. Professionals will need to be particularly careful of not allowing the transmission of these pathogens from patent to healthcare staff, from healthcare professional to patient, among patients themselves and avoid endogenous infections.
-professionals will be taught about the currently accepted and widely used scientifically accepted principles of infection control
-they will be able to minimize the chances of infection spread within a particular healthcare setting
Last but not least, healthcare professionals will also learn about all the legal implications if failure to comply with these infection control principles occurs (professional misconduct charges).
Healthcare associated infections, shortly known as HAI are common in all types of healthcare facilities including hospitals, clinics, private practices, long term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and so on. Therefore, such infection control continuing education courses are aimed to healthcare specialists working in all types of health fields.
In fact, it is important for all healthcare workers to take such courses, not only for specific nurses or for doctors. Healthcare workers in general who do come in contact with patients, with medical supplies that are used for patient care/treatment or who come in contact with body fluids must undergo proper infection control training. Therefore, medical interns, volunteers donating their time and skills in healthcare facilities or even general employees working in hospitals or clinics must search for proper infection control continuing education courses and complete them successfully.