This unit of study aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the importance of infection prevention and control within the workplace. Students examine the issues related to legislation, quality, prevention, transmission and management of infections. Students will explore some of the specific issues encountered when planning strategies to minimise potential transmission between patients, staff and all personnel involved in the health care system. The unit of study also examines infection prevention and control principles at both local and organisational levels focusing on the process of achieving positive quality health outcomes.
Principles of infection control
Unit of study code
PG Single Unit of Study
Prescribed texts: Nil
Co-ordinated by: Sharron Smyth-Demmon MACN
Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
Type of assessment
Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion
(% of total marks)
When assessed – academic week
(e.g. Week 8)
Theme 1: Principles and fundamentals of infection control
a) Discuss the various legal and ethical obligations relative to infection prevention and control.
Online discussions x 2
Theme 2: Microbiology and immunisation
b) Compare and contrast disease process and transmission, and the varying pathogens.
Essay (2000 words)
Theme 3: Epidemiology and surveillance
c) Illustrate the significance of occupational considerations for staff health.
Discussion paper (2500 words)
Theme 4: Professional and ethical issues of infection control
d) Evaluate the importance of a risk assessment and quality management program
Theme 5: Environmental considerations of infection control.
e) Justify appropriate nursing strategies for the prevention of infection in various scenarios
f) Investigate the various environmental considerations for infection prevention and control.
g) Select and discuss appropriate methods of surveillance and data collection for a variety of situations.
h) Critically reflect on clinical nursing practice in relation to current recommended guidelines in assessing, planning, implementing and maintaining infection control principles
Units commencing or have commenced in 2017
Units commencing in 2018
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