Nursing: Infection Control for New York Health Professionals

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About the Course

This course fulfills the 1992 New York law, Chapter 786 requirement for 4 hours of infection control training for New York health care professionals. This course for LPNs, RNs, and/or certified health care professionals, ensures that they understand how blood borne pathogens may be transmitted in the work environment.  The course follows the syllabus for infection control and prevention issued by the New York State Department of Health and State Education Department. OSHA standards and CDC guidelines are incorporated throughout the course. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify five examples of scientifically accepted practices for infection prevention and control for airborne, droplet and contact transmission.
  • Define health care-associated disease transmission, as well as engineering controls and safe injection practices used to enhance practice for infection control.
  • Identify work practice controls designed to eliminate the transmission of blood-borne pathogens related to the use of sharp instruments.
  • Recognize indications and situations requiring the use of barriers and personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to potentially infectious material.
  • Identify appropriate barriers and personal protective equipment for prevention of  exposure to potentially infectious material.
  • Give four examples of non-critical, semi-critical, and critical medical devices for infection control.
  • Identify the health professional's responsibility for maintaining a safe patient-care environment in all health care settings, including nurses in leadership roles, according to New York law.
  • Relate six strategies for the prevention of blood borne pathogen transmission by means of effective and appropriate pre-cleaning, chemical disinfection and sterilization of instruments and medical devices.

About the Author:
Deborah Converse, MA Ed.S.

Deborah Converse, MA Ed.S., graduated with a degree in psychology from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and received an MA in Education for Emotionally Disabled Students from the University of Central Florida. She was awarded National Board Certification in 2000 as an Exceptional Needs Specialist, Birth to 21+ endorsement.

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