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Healthcare Acquired Infections: Prevention Is Key

A comprehensive certificate program to teach you the latest evidence-based practices to reduce bacterial load on the patient, hands, and in the environment.

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About this Certificate Program

Health-care acquired infections (HAI's) are a preventable injury and now the fifth leading cause of the death in the United States. This certificate program will explore modes of infection transmission in order to outline a strategy for source control. The question of whether to perform routine surveillance for resistant organisms is discussed. Habitual care practices including bathing, oral hygiene, central line, and indwelling catheter insertion and maintenance, and hand washing are examined closely as potential sources. This certificate will provide an in-depth discussion on the development of evidence-based care practices, protocols, as well as the examination of resources and systems that support source control and reduce transmission.

Target Audience

Critical care, acute, rehab and long-term care nurses, educators, clinical nurse specialists, value analysis nurses, managers and nurse practitioners, as well as infection preventionists working within acute care hospitals, acute and long-term rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities.

Goals & Objectives

  • Identify modes of transmission and surveillance for the spread of microorganism in the healthcare environment.
  • Examine strategies to reduce the burden of C-diff and other multi-drug resistant organisms within your facility.
  • Evaluate key evidence-based care practices that can reduce central and indwelling catheter utilization and eliminate infections.
  • Outline fundamental nursing care practices that mitigate the risk factors for development of pneumonia in ventilated and non-ventilated patients.

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Accredited Online Courses*

8 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Case Study Interviews

Recorded Q&A sessions between instructors and practice managers.

Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Section 1: Source Control is Critical to Preventing HAI’s

2 Chapters

The Big Picture: Prevention of Health Care Acquired Infectionskeyboard_arrow_down

  • HAI’s: What is the Problem?Chapter 1

    Clinicians must understand both the clinical and financial impact of health-care-acquired infections to foster the necessary will and resources to change practice. This session addresses the magnitude of the problem, how HAIs fit into the current reimbursement structure, and the interventions that can help save patients’ lives.

  • HAI Development: Understanding the Vectors of InfectionChapter 2

    To successfully prevent health-care-acquired infections, clinicians must know how microorganisms are transmitted within a care setting, as well as how we screen and measure that transmission. With that knowledge, the caregiver can make the necessary changes in their practice and help to control the sources of infection.

  • Source Control Strategies 1: Hands and EnvironmentChapter 3

    The hands of health care workers are lethal weapons. They are the number one source of transmission of microorganisms. With greater knowledge of the evidence-based practices to address hand hygiene and environmental cleanliness, the caregiver will be an active part of the solution versus a contributor to the problem.

  • Source Control Strategies 2: The PatientChapter 4

    The patient’s flora, as well as inserted devices, can serve as a portal to infection. Learning global source control measures to reduce microorganisms on the patient’s skin through evidence-based bathing is key to controlling bacterial load in the environment.

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Clostridium Difficile (C-diff) Infection: The Latest Scoop on the Poopkeyboard_arrow_down

  • C-diff: The Scope of the Problem and Risk Factors for DevelopmentChapter 1

    C-diff transmission in hospitals occurs primarily from contaminated environments and through the hands of healthcare personnel. A 2011 CDC surveillance study found that C-diff caused almost half of a million infections and directly led to approximately 15,000 deaths in one year with an estimated cost of 4.8 billion. The impact of C-diff is discussed, along with one of the major risk factors: overuse of antimicrobial therapy.

  • C-diff: Rapid Identification and DiagnosisChapter 2

    Rapid diagnosis will lead to prompt treatment and implementation of contact precautions that can limit the spread of C-diff in the environment of care. The best testing methods and culturing practices will be outlined to prevent over or under diagnosis.

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship & Prevention of TransmissionChapter 3

    C-diff prevention efforts should focus on community- and facility-based antimicrobial stewardship and preventing disease transmission. The foundation of an antimicrobial stewardship program is outlined. Hand hygiene and environmental cleaning standards, as well as methods for stool containment, are discussed.

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Section 2: Catheter Associate Infection Prevention

2 Chapters

Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection is Job Onekeyboard_arrow_down

  • CAUTIs: The Scope of the Problem and Risk Factors for DevelopmentChapter 1

    Twelve to sixteen percent of adult inpatients will have a urinary catheter at some time during their hospital stay. CAUTI complications can cause discomfort for the patient, increase hospital length of stay and health care costs, and impact mortality. This session addresses the magnitude of the problem, the risk factors for development, and how CAUTIs fit into the current reimbursement structure.

  • Do I Even Need a Catheter? Outlining the Assessment Process and Insertion ProcessChapter 2

    Assessment of need for a catheter should be based on criteria that are clearly defined. It is challenging to break through routine practices for catheter placement in ERs, ORs, and ICUs that have existed for years. This chapter will examine the process around the decision to insert a catheter, the use of alternatives, and the procedure for insertion.

  • CAUTI: Maintenance CareChapter 3

    Maintaining the catheter using evidence-based practices includes: care of the catheter during bathing and fecal incontinence episodes, culturing practices, and nurse-driven early catheter removal programs. When practiced together in a robust safety culture, these maintenance interventions can significantly reduce CAUTIs.

  • CAUTI Prevention: Going Beyond the BundleChapter 4

    The last CAUTI prevention national published guidelines from the CDC occurred in 2009, and the infectious disease and hospital epidemiologist as well as the infection preventionist groups latest updates occurred in 2014. The creation of new evidence and technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and this chapter will outline all the latest innovations that go beyond the guidelines.

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Chasing Zero: Elimination of CLABSIkeyboard_arrow_down

  • CLABSI: The Scope of the Problem and Risk Factors for developmentChapter 1

    An estimated 30,100 CLABSIs occur in U.S. intensive care units each year with up to 250,000 occurring across care settings. Patient mortality rates associated with CLABSI range from 12 to 25 percent, and the cost ranges from $3,700 to $36,000 per episode. During this session a review of the magnitude of the problem, the risk factors for development, as well as how CLABSI’s fit into the current reimbursement structure, are outlined.

  • CLABSI Insertion BundleChapter 2

    The insertion bundle is discussed and includes recommendations for aseptic technique, location of the line placement, and cleansing of the site. The bundle, when implemented successfully, significantly reduces infections. The addition of a checklist to the procedure results in patients being more likely to receive the appropriate care each time the procedure is performed.

  • CLABSI Maintenance BundleChapter 3

    The maintenance bundle is outlined, which includes type of dressing, dressing change frequency and care, accessing the port, and intravenous line changes. When practiced together in a robust safety culture, the bundle can significantly reduce or eliminate CLABSIs.

  • Going Beyond the CLABSI BundleChapter 4

    The last national published CLABSI prevention guidelines from the CDC occurred in 2011, and the infectious disease and hospital epidemiologist as well as the infection preventionist groups latest updates, occurred in 2014. The creation of new evidence is evolving at a rapid pace, and this chapter will outline all the latest innovations that go beyond the guidelines.

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Section 3: Pneumonia Prevention

2 Chapters

Ventilator-Associated Events: Bigger than Just Preventing Pneumoniakeyboard_arrow_down

  • Defining Ventilator-Associated Events and Their ImpactChapter 1

    In order to establish more objective surveillance criteria, the CDC transitioned from ventilator-associated pneumonia to ventilator-associated events (VAE) in adult acute care hospitals and in long-term care hospitals. VAE surveillance detects a broader range of conditions. In this chapter, the three types of VAEs are discussed.

  • Examining the Short- and Long-Term Effects of Mechanical Ventilation and Prolonged Stay in the ICUChapter 2

    A large number of patients who were on mechanical ventilation in the ICU experience physical disabilities, challenges in cognitive function, and mental health issues. Twenty to eighty percent of ICU patients have delirium during their time in the ICU. This contributes to cognitive impairment as well as depression and PTSD that can persist for years. This chapter explores the long-term effects of mechanical ventilation and ICU if the correct prevention strategies are not put in place.

  • Ventilator Bundle to the VAE/VAP BundleChapter 3

    The original ventilator bundle was created in the early 2000s to help prevent injury associated with being on a mechanical ventilator. In this chapter, the prevention strategies to reduce risk of aspiration, stress ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis are discussed. The next two chapters will outline the evolution of a larger bundle that improves overall care of the ICU mechanically ventilated patient.

  • ABC Part of the BundleChapter 4

    The ABCDEF bundle extends the original VAP bundle and was developed to improve the health of ventilated patients by reducing the risk of oversedation and immobility, improving patient comfort, reducing the risk of infection, and decreasing the risk of mental status changes and long-term morbidity. In this chapter, we will discuss the ABC portion of the ABCDEF bundle: Assess and manage pain, Both spontaneous awakening trial and spontaneous breathing trial, and Choice of sedation.

  • DEF Part of the BundleChapter 5

    The ABCDEF bundle extends the original VAP bundle. In this chapter, we will discuss the DEF portion of the ABCDEF bundle, which helps the clinician assess and manage delirium and implement an early progressive mobility program while engaging the patient and family in the journey.

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Preventing Non-Ventilator Health Care Acquired Pneumoniakeyboard_arrow_down

Kathleen Vollman


CEU Approved

8 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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