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Infection Control: New York State Mandatory Training

Infection Control: New York State Mandatory Training

Infection Control: New York State Mandatory Training

Janett A. Pike, RN, BS, CIC, Jean Marie Cannon, RN, BSN, CIC
Janett A. Pike, RN, BS, CIC, Jean Marie Cannon, RN, BSN, CIC
on behalf of Access Continuing Education Inc.

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Launch date: 12 Jun 2017
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Last updated: 28 Aug 2018

Reference: 184140

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Today's healthcare environment provides quality treatment and care to patients in a variety of settings. Despite the advances in technology and science, the healthcare environment also contains threats from infectious agents. There are an estimated two million healthcare associated infections (HAIs) that occur each year; one in 25 hospitalized persons will contract an HAI (CDC, 2014). HAIs occur during healthcare delivery in any setting (e.g., hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory settings, home care).

While this number had remained generally stable over the past 30 years, despite multiple changes to the healthcare system:

Fewer hospitals, increased use of technology, shorter lengths of stay, a shift in care delivery from in-patient to out-patient, the shortage of nurses at the bedside, drug resistant organisms, newly emerging infectious agents, etc. It is clear that despite these many changes, healthcare providers must be continually vigilant to the potential for the spread of infection.

However the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2014), using data from 2012, reported that on a national level, there was:

A 44 percent decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections between 2008 and 2012.
A 20 percent decrease in infections related to the 10 surgical procedures tracked in the report between 2008 and 2012.
A 4 percent decrease in hospital-onset MRSA bloodstream infections between 2011 and 2012.
A 2 percent decrease in hospital-onset C. difficile infections between 2011 and 2012.
A 3 percent increase in catheter-associated urinary tract infections between 2009 and 2012.
So, while there is some good news, HAIs continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality among patients.


Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
Element I
1. Identify benefits to patients and healthcare providers of adhering to scientifically accepted principles and practices of infection control;
2. State the legal requirement for select licensed professionals regarding adhering to scientifically accepted principles and practices of infection control.

Element II
1. Describe how pathogenic organisms may be spread in healthcare settings;
2. Identify the factors which influence the outcome of an exposure;
3. List strategies for preventing transmission of pathogenic organisms;
4. Describe how infection control concepts are applied in professional practice.

Element III
1. Define healthcare-associated disease transmission, engineering controls, safe injection practices, and work practice controls;
2. Describe specific high-risk practices and procedures that increase the opportunity for healthcare worker and patient exposure to potentially infectious material;
3. Describe specific measures to prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogens from patient to patient, healthcare worker to patient, and patient to healthcare worker via contaminated injection equipment;
4. Identify work practice controls designed to eliminate the transmission of bloodborne pathogens during use of sharp instruments (e.g., scalpel blades and their holders (if not disposable), lancets, lancet platforms/pens, puncture devices, injections);
5. Identify where engineering or work practice controls can be utilized to prevent patient exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Element IV
1. Describe the circumstances which require the use of barriers and personal protective equipment to prevent patient or healthcare worker contact with potentially infectious material;
2. Identify specific barriers or personal protective equipment for patient and healthcare worker protection from exposure to potentially infectious material.

Element V
1. Define cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization;Differentiate between non critical, semi critical, and critical medical devices;
2. Describe the three levels of disinfection;
3. Discuss the importance of the correct application of reprocessing methods for assuring the safety and integrity of patient care equipment in preventing transmission of bloodborne pathogens;

Element VI
1. Discuss the professional's responsibility for maintaining a safe patient care environment in all healthcare settings;
2. Identify strategies for, and importance of, effective and appropriate pre-cleaning, chemical disinfection, and sterilization of instruments and medical devices aimed at preventing transmission of bloodborne pathogens.
Janett A. Pike, RN, BS, CIC, Jean Marie Cannon, RN, BSN, CIC

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Janett A. Pike, RN, BS, CIC, Jean Marie Cannon, RN, BSN, CIC
on behalf of Access Continuing Education Inc.

Ms. Pike has been a Nurse Epidemiologist, now Infection Preventionist, for over 15 years. She is certified in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. She is responsible for the surveillance for healthcare associated infections and implements the infection control program for New York Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Ms. Pike has extensive experience in educating healthcare professionals, from multiple professional disciplines, on various infection control topics.
Ms. Pike received a BS in Nursing from the Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing, New York, NY. - Ms. Cannon has been a practicing Infection Control Nurse for 8 years and has been CIC certified since 2004. She is currently employed as an Infection Control Practitioner at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
Ms. Cannon received her BS in Nursing from Pace University, New York, NY.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • New York State Education Department
  • 4.00 Hours -
    Exam Pass Rate: 70
    Reference: 40-0020-0080

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