• Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Sharon Krystofiak, MS, MT, (ASCP), CIC
Peer Reviewer(s): Ruth M. Carrico, PhD, RN, CIC
Item#: N1610
Contents: 1 Course Book (60 pages)
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Hepatitis C: The Silent Killer, Updated 2nd Edition

Price $21.95
Item # N1610
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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, credit will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 12/31/2017.

Expiration Date: December 31, 2017

This course is designed to provide the healthcare professional with an overview of the history of the virus, its presentation, and the methods available to diagnose hepatitis C infection and monitor its progression. Mechanisms to prevent the spread of infection are reviewed; these should be well-known to those healthcare workers already familiar with the mandates of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. Research to evaluate improved treatment protocols is ongoing. Nurses are often involved with counseling patients on the adverse effects of the potent drugs used in treatments. 

This course reviews current information about hepatitis C. Knowledgeable nurses are better able to provide education to patients about their illness and may be more likely to reduce the risk of exposure on the job.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the unique characteristics of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and several ways that this virus differs from other hepatitis viruses.
  • Discuss risk factors for HCV infection and the progression of this disease.
  • Discuss the methods of transmission of bloodborne viruses and appropriate interventions to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Explain the processes of disease treatment and appropriate lifestyle changes that could improve patient well-being.

Sharon Krystofiak, MS, MT (ASCP), CIC, has been an infection control practitioner (infection preventionist) for many years and is currently employed with SPK in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. She has served as president of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (CBIC). Her background is in clinical laboratory science, and she has advanced degrees in medical technology and environmental and occupational health. She has provided educational programs throughout the state of Pennsylvania on bloodborne infections and disease prevention.

Ruth M. Carrico, PhD, RN, CIC, is an associate professor with the University of Louisville, in the division of Infection Control and Epidemiology. With almost four decades in health care, Dr. Carrico has focused her practice on issues dealing with infectious diseases in healthcare facilities and public health sectors. She has received training specific for hospital epidemiology and public health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Carrico served as the editor for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) 2005 Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, a primary textbook for infection control practitioners in the United States, Canada, and Asia. She has co-authored articles in such academic publications as Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Infection Control, and Health Facilities Management.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.