March 4, 2013By Lance Baily

Free 'Infection Control Communication' Online Learning Program

The Partnering to Heal website provides a free online based video learning system to simulate discussions regarding infection control communication, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Watch a demonstration of the video content below:

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“This dramatization was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in consultation with subject matter experts from various disciplines and sectors, as well as patient advocates. It is intended to increase awareness of the risks of healthcare-associated infections and the opportunities for preventing such infections.”

How the training works

The training focuses on prevention of surgical site infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In addition, it includes information on basic protocols for universal precautions and isolation precautions to protect patients, visitors, and practitioners from the most common disease transmissions. The training promotes these key behaviors:

  • Teamwork;
  • Communication;
  • Hand washing;
  • Vaccination against the flu;
  • Appropriate use of antibiotics; and
  • Proper insertion, maintenance, and removal of devices, such as catheters and ventilators.

Users assume the identity of characters in a computer-based video-simulation and make decisions as each of those characters. Based upon their decisions, the storyline branches to different pathways and patient outcomes. The training may be used by groups in facilitated training sessions and by individuals as a self-paced learning tool. While each of the five character segments can be done in about an hour, it may be desirable to schedule more time in order to allow for extended discussion.

Check out the “Partnering to Heal” website today to learn more about this free training program!

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