When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!
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.
- 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.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- 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.