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Damion Keith Jenkins

 Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN is the founder and CEO of a nursing education and consultation company - The Nurse Speak, LLC., where he specializes in the delivery of individualized tutoring, mentoring and consultation services for students, new graduate nurses, and healthcare facilities. Damion is also an adjunct nursing professor, an experienced travel nurse, and an active nurse blogger. 

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Class Accreditation
All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  
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Infection Control Practices in Healthcare

Contact Hours: 1.5
Cost: $15.00
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Infection Control Practices in Healthcare
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

This infection control practices in healthcare course will provide participants with a review of basic infection control considerations and guidelines necessary to protect themselves and their patients from infection during all facets of care. This comprehensive review can be utilized for nursing personnel throughout all healthcare settings, as the safety considerations for infection control do not change according to level of acuity. Within this course, the participant will review the basics of infection control practices including the chain of infection and how to prevent the spread of infection, proper hand hygiene practices, how to identify and properly use personal protective equipment, how to safely follow standard precautions, how to safely follow transmission-based precautions, how to safely handle potentially infectious items and materials, what to do if exposure to potentially infectious items or materials occurs, improving communication to promote safety, and how to complete incident reporting in a timely and thorough manner.


Objectives


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Define the chain of infection, and list ways to prevent the spread of infection. 
2. Demonstrate proper hand hygiene practices.
3. Identify and appropriately demonstrate how to use personal protective equipment.
4. Define and discuss how to safely follow standard precautions.
5. Define and discuss how to safely follow transmission-based precautions.
6. Discuss how to safely handle potentially infectious items and materials.
7. Explain what to do if exposure to potentially infectious items or materials occurs.
8. Elaborate on some potential consequences of breaking infection control guidelines.
9. Explain how improving communication can promote safety.
10. Discuss considerations for compassionate care related to infection control practices.
11. Summarize the importance of timely and thorough incident reporting.

Curriculum



Chapter 1: Understanding the Basics of Infection 
Causes of Infection
The Chain of Infection
Breaking the Chain of Infection
Basic Infection Control Etiquette
Chapter 2: Proper Hand Hygiene Practices 
Knowing when to Wash your Hands
Choosing the Correct Method of Handwashing 
Proper Hand Washing with Soap and Water
Proper Hand Washing with Alcohol-Based Rubs
Considerations for Nails, Jewelry and Watches
Chapter 3: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Understanding Personal Protective Equipment 
How to Properly Use Gloves
How to Properly Use Isolation Gowns
How to Properly Use Standard Face Masks
How to Properly Use Protective Eye Shields or Goggles
Chapter 4: Standard Precautions
Defining Standard Precautions
Considerations for Compassionate Care
Chapter 5: Transmission-Based Precautions
Defining Transmission-Based Precautions
Airborne Precautions
Contact Precautions
Droplet Precautions
Enteric Precautions
Neutropenic Precautions - also known as “Reverse Isolation”
Chapter 6: Exposure and Incident Reporting
What to do if you become exposed
Importance of Timely and Thorough Incident Reporting
Chapter 7: Improving Communication to Promote Infection Control Safety
Following the Patient Care Plan
Using the Appropriate Signs to Alert Care Personnel
Reinforcing Infection Control Practices with Patients, Visitors and Staff

Chapter 8: References

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