This eLearning course aims to introduce you to the topic of Infection Control. It begins by introducing the causes of infection; bacteria, fungi, virus, and parasite and the illnesses/diseases they cause. It also examines the meaning of infection, colonisation, systemic and localised infection. The course will help you to analyse how poor practice can lead to the spread of infection by considering the conditions needed for the growth of micro-organisms and explaining how infection is transmitted. This course will outline legislations, policies, systems and procedures that prevent and control the spread of infection. This will include risk assessment and your role and responsibilities for infection control. The course concludes with an outline of the correct procedures for the use of personal protective equipment and hand washing.
The learning outcomes for this course are:
- Identify four causes of infection.
- Name 2 illnesses/diseases caused by the four causes of infection.
- Know the meaning of infection, colonisation, systemic and localised infection.
- Identify poor practice leading to the spread of infection.
- Recall the conditions needed for growth of microorganisms.
- State how infections are transmitted.
- Recall legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infection including your role and responsibilities.
- Identify systems and procedures relating to the prevention and control of infection.
- Know the importance of risk assessment in relation to the prevention and control of infection.
- Know the correct procedures for the use of personal protective equipment and hand washing.