Infection Control for Respiratory Care Practitioners
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Infection is one of the primary sources of excess hospital morbidity and mortality. Infection found in the hospital can be either community-acquired or hospital-acquired. Both types of infection must be addressed when an individual is hospitalized. Community-acquired infections (CAIs) may present to the acute care environment through a number of hosts, including, but not limited to, patients, caregivers, family members, and visitors. CAI may result in hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) if they are transmitted to a hospitalized patient. Infection control in respiratory care is more important today than ever before.
This course provides the learner with tools to identify and modify infection control factors in the acute care environment. Learners include respiratory care practitioners, physicians, nurses, radiology staff, laboratory personnel, and others who work in a healthcare setting. Current infection control practice is evolving along with the infections it is meant to control. As new methods and technology to reduce infection risks come on the scene, organisms continue to create new management challenges. Healthcare providers are responsible for controlling the risks of known pathogens, while at the same time consistently acting to prevent new pathogens from becoming an additional burden. Both of these objectives can be achieved with consistent infection monitoring and control strategies.
AARC Approval #143933000
New Jersey - Fulfills your 1-hour infection control requirement.
- Recognize the importance of prevention compared with treatment of hospital-acquired infections.
- Identify those individuals at risk for hospital-acquired infections.
- Name the tools available to reduce hospital-acquired infections.
- Select strategies to avoid hospital-acquired infections.
- Identify active monitors to reduce hospital-acquired infections.
Brian Parker, MPH, RRT, has been a practicing respiratory therapist since 1964. His background includes clinical assignments in routine care, critical care, education, management, and manufacturer marketing. His clinical assignments have included patients at high risk (organ transplant, burns, trauma) which required strict adherence to infection control principles. His clinical education assignments included departmental management responsibilities for infection control and quality assurance at a large university-affiliated medical center. Additionally, he has held faculty posts with numerous respiratory care programs where he was responsible for the didactic presentation of evolving “current” infection control methods along with clinical presentation and evaluation of student implementation of those methods. He has taught respiratory care courses, including infection control content, for fifteen years. He has also conducted laboratory exercises for respiratory care students annually in preparation for their introduction to clinical experience. His education included graduate level course work in epidemiology, statistics, and microbiology that all contribute to content knowledge and contributed to his practice knowledge in professional respiratory care practice.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- 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.
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- 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.