Infection Control Basic Principles
This essential Mandatory Training Module will give you an overview of the basics of infection control. It is a suitable refresher for all levels of learners.
- How infectious diseases are transmitted according to the chain of infection,
- Basic precautions to apply to all routine care, and any necessary additional specific precautions,
- How respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette can reduce transmission of respiratory illness, and
- What constitutes ‘aseptic technique.’
- Recognise risks of infectious disease transmission in multiple settings.
- Consistently apply and comply with standard precautions in all episodes of care and service delivery.
- Select, safely use and dispose of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Prevent environmental contamination and spread of respiratory illness by routinely practising appropriate respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
Infection Control Basic Principles is intended for healthcare workers commencing employment or renewing annual competencies in the healthcare sector.
Validation of Learning
- A written appraisal from your infection control representative that states they have watched you perform hand hygiene and an aseptic technique correctly.
- A record of a recent evidence-based article on infection prevention that you have read.
This material was developed by the content expert listed below. It is presented by a professional presenter.
Cathryn Murphy PhD is a registered nurse currently working for the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) as the ACORN Professional Standards Officer. In that role, Cathryn is responsible for leading and overseeing the development and promotion of ACORN's professional standards, which currently includes but is not limited to the Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia (the Standards) now in their 15th edition, ACORN Professional Standards and the Practice Audit Tools (PATs). Cathryn’s career over several decades has covered senior infection prevention positions within the clinical, government, non-government and professional associations in her home country Australia and internationally. She is an Honorary Adjunct Assoc. Professor at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia. For more than 20 years Cathryn has provided independent consulting services to a range of clinical, public policy, professional associations and commercial clients throughout the world. Career highlights include working in the USA at the CDC, consulting for the World Health Organization and serving as the elected APIC President in 2010. In 2016 Cathryn became the first non-North American to be awarded APIC’s esteemed Carole de Mille Award for lifetime excellence in and dedication to the field of infection prevention. She is currently a credentialled ACIPC expert, holds the US CIC certification and is a fellow of APIC and also SHEA. Cathryn’s passion for improving patient safety through better and smarter infection control and prevention is unrelenting. Cathryn’s ideas are innovative and practical. From 2019 onwards she looks forward to learning from and giving reliable, high-quality service to, her professional peers and colleagues particularly those involved in infection control and prevention and perioperative care and nursing. See Educator Profile