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Course # 98782 • Healthcare-Associated Infections

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  1. Describe the effect of healthcare-associated infections on morbidity, mortality, and cost of health care, including the importance of surveillance and prevention.
  2. Discuss the pathogenesis of infection and modes of antimicrobial resistance.
  3. Identify the environmental, patient-related, and iatrogenic risk factors for healthcare-associated infection.
  4. Anticipate the impact of nonimplanted and implanted devices and procedures on healthcare-associated infection.
  5. List the most common types of healthcare-associated infections.
  6. Identify the most common pathogens and risk factors associated with catheter-related urinary tract infections, and outline the appropriate prevention measures, means of diagnosis, and treatment.
  7. List the most common pathogens and causes of surgical site infections, and develop a strategy for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  8. Define the most common pathogens and risk factors associated with healthcare-associated pneumonia, and devise appropriate measures for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  9. Outline the most common pathogens and risk factors associated with intravascular device-related bloodstream infections, and discuss the appropriate prevention measures, diagnosis, and treatment.
  10. Discuss the risk factors and prevention strategies for nosocomial Clostridium difficile infection.
  11. Implement an effective hand hygiene program and strategies to increase compliance.
  12. Outline interventions to control influenza transmission in the healthcare setting.
  13. Describe the appropriate use of precautions and isolation techniques.
  14. Define additional elements of an institution's infection control program, including the education of healthcare workers and patients with respect to healthcare-associated infections and the need to address challenges in educating non-English- proficient individuals.
  15. Discuss the need for hospital preparedness for potential outbreaks.
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