infection control in healthcare online learning

Infection Control in Healthcare – Online Learning

Infection control in healthcare is extremely important, and healthcare professionals need to be constantly made aware of their responsibilities. With this e-learning course:

  • Define infection control, recognising its crucial role in preventing the spread of infections and safeguarding the health of patients and healthcare workers
  • Describe the common infections found in the healthcare environment
  • Establish standard precautions and learn how to adhere to them, including proper hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE) usage, and other preventive measures
  • Review the importance of decontamination and maintaining a clean environment
  • Implement a risk assessment for infection control
  • Identify elements important to a healthcare infection policy
  • Descibe the regulations that apply to healthcare infection control

Course Introduction

This Infection Control in Healthcare e-learning course is aimed at anyone that works in a care role. It provides advice and information on what the different types of infection are and how professionals can help stop them spreading. The content will help learners appreciate the different infections that are prevalent and the actions that can be taken to improve general controls.

It’s important that healthcare workers understand their responsibilities regarding the removal of exposures to infection. They should also have appropriate cleaning processes in place, while knowing how to deal with spills when they occur.

This e-learning course covers the why infection control is important, the common infections that need to be managed and the standard precautions that should be taken. As well as the practical aspect of infection control, there is also a focus on the policies, procedures, systems, and laws that care professionals must be aware of.

Course Content

Module 1 - Introduction to infection control
  • Establish why infection control is important
  • Identify what causes infections
  • List the four main types of infection
  • Explore how pathogens can spread
  • Describe how pathogens can enter the body​
Module 2 - Common infections in a healthcare environment
  • Understand what a healthcare associated infection is
  • Describe how infections can be spread directly and indirectly
  • Explain how microorganisms which are already present can become pathogens
  • Review examples of common healthcare associated infections
Module 3 - The general principles of infection control
  • Establish what the ‘standard precautions’ are and why they are important
  • Identify examples of best practice and standard precautions with respect to:
  • hand hygiene
  • personal protective equipment
  • handling sharps
  • disposing of waste
  • dealing with spillages
  • cleaning and decontaminating equipment
  • maintaining a clean environment
  • handling accidental exposure to blood and body fluids.​
Module 4 - Risk assessments
  • Explore why risk assessments are important
  • List who should be considered why carrying out a risk assessment
  • Describe common situations which present a potential risk
  • Review the steps in a typical risk assessment.​
Module 5 - Infection control policies and legislation
  • Examine the purpose of workplace healthcare policies
  • Identify some of the regulations related to healthcare.
Module 6 – Assessment and CPD certificate
  • A chance to test your knowledge of the topic with scoring
  • The e-learning course comes with free CPD certificates for the learners​


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