New England Public Health Training Center

Foundations of Infection Prevention in the Ambulatory Care Setting

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


0.50 hours


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This self-study course is an introduction to infection prevention in ambulatory care settings, such as primary care clinics and doctor's offices. Intended audiences are administrative and clerical staff; non-licensed clinical staff; non- clinical staff; facilities staff and volunteers. This course provides an overview of basic principles of infection transmission and the role of healthcare staff in preventing the spread of infections to themselves, colleagues and patients. It contains non-graded knowledge checks so learners can interact with the content. Estimated course duration is 30 minutes. The course may be taken in more than one sitting.

What You'll Learn

  1. Explain the basic modes of infection transmission
    • Recall the differences between bacteria and viruses
    • Recognize the three basic transmission principles
    • Recognize common ways diseases are spread
    • Recognize common signs of active infection
    • Recognize the three stages of an infection
  2. Describe your role in preventing infection transmission
    • Recall at least three ways you or others can prevent disease transmission
    • Recognize the importance of teamwork in infection prevent in healthcare settings

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