Certified Infection Control Practitioner
As all nurses are trained to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, infection control nurses specifically specialize in preventing the spread of infectious agents such as that of viruses and bacteria. All medical professionals are trained to take standard precautions that include hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment, and isolation precautions according to the patient being cared for.
The course is modulated over five levels, on five days each, to allow inter-session study and enhance the competency of nurses.
It covers areas critical to professional and leadership development including:
- Identification of Infectious Disease Processes
- Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
- Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents
- Employee/Occupational Health & Management and Communication
- Education and Research
- Environment of Care
- Cleaning, Sterilization, Disinfection, Asepsis
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the impact of community-acquired and healthcare-associated infections.
- Define key terms related to infection control.
- Describe the chain of infection as it applies to infection prevention and control.
- Explain methods to prevent the spread of infection.
- Identify barriers and personal protective equipment for protection from exposure to potentially infectious material.
- Discuss efforts designed to minimize the risk of occupational exposures to infectious diseases.
- Summarize the engineering, work practice, and environmental controls that protect against healthcare-associated infections.
Who Should Attend?
- CEO’s, Directors, Managers, Officers and Coordinators
- Infection Control Team, Nurses, Doctors
LEVEL – I: Identification of Infectious Disease Processes & Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
- Design of Surveillance Systems
- Collection and Compilation of Surveillance Data
- Interpretation of Surveillance Data
- Outbreak Investigation
LEVEL – II: Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents
- Develop evidence-based/informed infection prevention and control policies and procedures
- Collaborate with relevant groups and agencies in planning community/facility responses to biologic threats and disasters (e.g., public health, anthrax, influenza)
- Identify and implement infection prevention and control strategies
LEVEL – III: Employee/Occupational Health & Management and Communication
- Immunization programs
- Work restriction recommendations related to communicable diseases and/or exposures
- Healthcare personnel associated transmission risk to patients, coworkers, and communities
- Assessment of occupational exposure to infectious diseases
- Communication and Feedback
- Quality Performance Improvement and Patient
LEVEL – IV: Education and Research & Environment of Care
- Recognize and monitor elements important for a safe care environment (e.g., Heating Ventilation-Air Conditioning, water standards, construction)
- Assess infection risks of design, construction, and renovation that impact patient care settings
- Provide recommendations to reduce the risk of infection as part of the design, construction, and
- renovation process
- Collaborate on the evaluation and monitoring of environmental cleaning and disinfection
- practices and technologies
- Collaborate with others to select and evaluate environmental disinfectant products
LEVEL – V: Cleaning, Sterilization, Disinfection, Asepsis
- Identify and evaluate appropriate cleaning, sterilization and disinfection practices
- Collaborate with others to assess products under evaluation for their ability to be reprocessed
- Identify and evaluate critical steps of cleaning, high level disinfection, and sterilization
The assessment in this course is divided into the following components:
- During the contact period, assessment will be based on individual and group assignments and presentations, contributions based on interactions.
- Participation in LIVE Polls
- Pre and Post Surveys
- Mock drills
- End of Session Assessment – Online
For satisfactory completion of the course requirements, participants have to attain at least 80 % scores in above mentioned assessment components and 100% attendance in all days.
Mode of teaching:
The course is highly participatory, offered through interactive plenaries, individual presentations, group case-based learning and presentations, other small group activities including role play.