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Effective infection prevention and control reduces healthcare-associated infections by at least 30%.1
Now more than ever, the steps you take to help prevent infection in the healthcare setting can help protect both your patients and staff. From practicing good hand hygiene and wearing personal protective equipment to making sure your surfaces are cleaned and sterilized, each precaution you take can help make a difference.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following infection prevention and control practices for routine healthcare delivery during COVID-19. Reference the CDC’s complete infection prevention and control recommendations for the most current guidance.
We now have certain high-demand personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizers in stock and available for order, while supplies last.
CDC: Applying COVID-19 infection prevention & control strategies in nursing homes
In this webinar, CDC presenters use case-based scenarios to discuss how to apply infection prevention and control guidance for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that are preparing for and responding to COVID-19. Watch webinar >
CDC: COVID-19 prevention: Mini webinar series for long-term care staff
CDC has launched a new mini webinar training series for front-line long-term care and nursing home staff. This series of 5 short webinars reviews basic infection prevention steps:
MedTrainer: Respiratory hygiene & cough etiquette
In this training course from MedTrainer, they explore best practices for respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette. Start training >
Relias: Actions home health clinicians can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19
In this webinar, Relias describes infection prevention and control strategies to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the home and reviews common infection prevention and control breaches during care to patients in the home. Watch webinar >
PDI: Continued education courses
Each of these general infection prevention courses offers one CE credit from PDI:
Types of personal protective equipment
A key part of infection prevention standard precautions, healthcare workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) to help minimize exposure to hazardous and infectious materials. PPE can include anything from face masks and shields to gowns and gloves. Read article >
Why is cleaning “mobile surfaces” like healthcare attire so important for infection prevention?
“Mobile surfaces” such as medical uniforms, scrubs, white coats and footwear can serve as a feeding ground for hungry microbes looking for nutrition and are often overlooked in a facility’s infection prevention practices. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) provides recommendations to prevent transmission of potential infections through healthcare personnel (HCP) clothing in non-operating room settings. Read article >
The new normal in infection prevention
We spoke with Marc-Oliver Wright, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC, FAPIC, Clinical Science Liaison, Central Region, PDI Healthcare, Inc, about keeping up with infection prevention amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He shares five things healthcare facilities should consider as they navigate the new state of healthcare. Read article >
MedTrainer: CDC’s recommendations for using cloth face coverings to slow the spread
In this training video, MedTrainer reviews CDC recommendations for using cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Start training >
Break the chain of infection with these hand hygiene best practices
Breaking just one of the links in the chain of infection can help reduce risk, keeping your patients – and you – healthier. Covering a cough, disinfecting surfaces and social distancing are simple ways to do this, but good hand hygiene is the most important step in preventing infection. Here are four best practices to help break the chain of infection. Read article >
Hand-washing is one of the most important steps to help break the chain of infection. This Relias micro-course follows CDC recommendations and provides a refresher on the specific requirements to successfully stop the spread of infection. Start training >
PDI: Continued education courses
This hand hygiene course offers one CE credit from PDI:
Environmental surfaces in patient areas should be cleaned and disinfected using an appropriate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectant on a regular basis. Healthcare facilities should use disinfectants on List N for EPA-registered disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2.
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Surgical instrument cleaning & care
Disinfection and sterilization are essential processes to help lower the risk of transmitting infectious pathogens to patients via medical and surgical instruments. Learn about caring for critical, semi-critical and non-critical items and how to reprocess reusable medical devices. Read article >
Best practices for reprocessing medical & surgical instruments
With nearly 47 million surgical procedures happening each year, infectious pathogen transfer is a real risk. You can help prevent infections with proper instrument disinfection and sterilization. Learn about caring for and reprocessing reusable medical devices using these CDC recommendations. Read article >
MedTrainer: Principles of cleaning & disinfecting environmental surfaces
As organisms’ resistance to antibiotics continues to rise and viruses become more virulent, serious steps need to be taken to ensure that environmental surfaces are not the source of healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Potentially infectious residues from contagious pathogens are a major source of contamination and may also be a source of transmission. Start training >
PDI: Continued education courses
Each of these cleaning and disinfection courses offers one CE credit from PDI:
Post signs at the entrances, waiting areas and elevators to educate patients and staff about proper PPE and hand hygiene expectations to help control risk within your facility.
Long term care & assisted living
Long-term care facilities can take steps to assess and improve their preparedness for responding to COVID-19 with the CDC’s infection prevention and control assessment and response tool (ICAR).
MedTrainer helps your facility manage your compliance training, including OSHA, HIPAA and accreditation trainings, in one affordable, easy-to-use learning management system. For medical practices, surgery centers, health systems, laboratories and clinics
Be advised that information contained herein is intended to serve as a useful reference for informational purposes only and is not complete clinical information. This information is intended for use only by competent healthcare professionals exercising judgment in providing care. McKesson cannot be held responsible for the continued currency of or for any errors or omissions in the information.