Infection Control Online Course
Infections are deadly
An infectious pathogen is a biological agent that causes harm to its host. Invisible to the naked eye they often go undetected until they are in their latter stages and have already spread. By then it might be too late to stop a serious infection from getting out of control. In an environment where immune systems are already compromised this can be deadly. Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) are a persistent serious threat to individuals. A University of Nottingham study found that hospital superbugs such as MRSA and C.difficile are responsible for around 5000 deaths a year, which is greater than the number of fatalities caused by road traffic accidents.
What is infection control?
Put simply, infection control is how we go about preventing harmful infectious conditions within a healthcare setting. While it may be straightforward to minimise potential hazards in the workplace, managing infections is altogether more difficult.
Prevention is key when it comes to infection control
It’s much easier to prevent an infection arising than it is containing it when it has already spread. Many outbreaks can be prevented if basic care is done well. Preventing outbreaks and then knowing how to manage them when they do arise is key. It’s down to management to ensure that staff are fully trained in how to prevent infections arising. Putting down good infection control procedures helps to ensure that staff, clients, families and the community at large are protected from serious infectious diseases.
How an infection control course can help
Staff in care homes and healthcare settings should undertake an infection control course. By ensuring as many staff as possible complete an infection control course online or in a study centre, you can increase the shared pool of knowledge among staff and decrease the likelihood of an infection breaking out.
What areas does an infection control course cover?
An infection control course will help participants understand the meaning of prevention and control.
It will explore the different ways in which infections are transmitted. These include by physical contact, ingestion (eating contaminated food or drinking water), droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, through direct airborne transmission from the exhaled breath of an infected person or airborne dissemination where the infection spreads through the air and lands on a person.
It will look at the different organisms that can cause infection such as bacterial, fungal and viral.
With a good understanding of what an infection is and how it’s transmitted you will then examine the role of cleaning and good hygiene in breaking the links in the chain that help the infection to get a foothold and then spread.
Why you should use Embark Learning for your infection control course
Embark Learning’s Infection Control course can be delivered at a location to suit the client, or at one of our training centres. It’s three hours in duration and there’s an ongoing assessment by the trainer. All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.
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