Description: This course will provide skill in use of surveillance techniques for HAIs, concepts of asepsis, disinfection and sterilization evaluation. Students will have opportunities to work through real-life experiences in infection control, including communicable disease exposures, outbreak investigation, biodisaster exercises, risk assessment in the healthcare setting and infections in special populations.
Course Goals: Course Goals:
1. Expose students to knowledge necessary to work in healthcare infection prevention and control.
2. Allow students to develop marketable skills essential to infection preventionists.
Competencies: By the completion of the course the student will have:
1. Understanding of the modes of transmission, risk factors, and appropriate interventions for prevention of HAIs
2. Knowledge of principles of effective hand hygiene, isolation systems, barrier control programs
3. Knowledge of surveillance systems used in hospitals and ability to use surveillance definitions to identify HAIs
4. Ability to analyze surveillance data to develop infection rates, identify clusters and work through an outbreak investigation
5. Understanding of role of aseptic technique, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization and ability to assess the adequacy of these procedures
6. Knowledge of how HAIs may present differently in specialized patient populations.