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Infection Control in Healthcare: Precautions (with CE Credit)

Stephanie Struyck Elgin
Contributing Author | Columnist
04/02/18  10:14 AM PST
Infection Control in Healthcare: Precautions

This free course has already taken place. Contact your local Shield HealthCare representative about scheduling this course as an in-service in your facility.

Click here to find our current available course in our Healthcare Professionals Community.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and one of its subsidiaries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have developed precautions to help prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases. While there is overlap in some of the recommendations, there are specific criteria for each one. It is vital that all healthcare professionals be informed and aware of these precautions.

In this course, you will learn about Universal Precautions, CDC Standard Precautions and Transmission-based Precautions, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and other prevention strategies.

Learning Objectives

After completing this free online course, you should be able to:

  • Describe OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
  • Describe the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) Standard Precautions.
  • Explain the elements of the CDC’s Transmission-based Precautions.
  • Describe the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act.
  • Implement infection prevention practice strategies, including handling sharps, linen and trash, contaminated spills and addressing lab issues.

Who Should Take this Course

This course is useful to any practicing nurse or healthcare professional who needs information about infection control practices and precautions.

How to Start

Create an account at www.medcomrn.com/shieldhealthcare. Once you’ve logged in, you will see the course listed in the center of the page. Select the course to begin.

Upon completion you have the option to take the course post-test. A score of 80% or higher will qualify you for your certificate of completion which you can print for your records.

Once you’ve created an account, you can use that login to take all other Shield-U courses that will be released this year. A history of completed courses will be kept for your convenience in your account.

Continuing Education Credit

0.5 contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit is provided by Medcom/Trainex, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation*, the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider # 50-1285).


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