5119-12 Infection Prevention and Control
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Description: The course is designed to be a basic introduction to the principles and practice of Infection Prevention and Control.  The learner will be equipped with the knowledge and strategies needed to understand and practice the basic principles of Infection Prevention and Control in various health care environments.

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Most of the course material is referenced the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee(PIDAC) best practice documents of Ontario,  these documents are endorsed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and  CHICA Canada and also referenced by many other Provincial  Infection Control Networks in Canada.


Chain of Transmission

  • Describe the chain of infection
  • Explain how the links in the chain of infection are connected
  • Describe the modes of disease transmission
  • Explain how the links can be broken

Routine Practices

  • Describe the components of Routine practices
  • Explain when and why to perform a risk assessment
  • Describe the types of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Explain the proper way to “don” and “doff” PPE
  • Define Hand hygiene
  • Explain how to perform Hand hygiene
  • Explain the “4 moments” of Hand hygiene

Additional Precautions

  • Describe Additional Precautions and when they are used
  • Describe the elements of additional precautions
  • Explain when to initiate and when to discontinue additional precautions
  • Understand the impact of additional precautions on patients
  • Explain symptomology requiring additional precautions
  • Explain the different types of additional precautions

Environmental Cleaning and Reprocessing

  • Explain the importance of environmental cleaning
  • Define cleaning and disinfection
  • Explain the principles of cleaning
  • Explain the steps involved in instrument sterilization
  • Explain how Medical Devices are classified
  • Describe the methods used to monitor sterilization

Antibiotic Resistant Organisms

  • Explain the meaning of the term ARO
  • Explain the difference between colonization and infection
  • Describe how hospitals prevent and control ARO’s
  • Describe MRSA, VRE ESBL and CRE, how they are spread and risk factors
  • Describe Clostridium difficile
  • Explain the reservoirs for C. difficile
  • Explain the steps to infection with C. difficile
  • Explain the risk factors and clinical presentation of C. difficile
  • Explain why environmental cleaning is different with C. difficile


  • Public reporting inOntario
  • Define the criteria for an outbreak and what types of outbreaks occur
  • Explain the steps to follow during an outbreak investigation

Employee Health and Role of ICP

  • Explain the basic elements of an employee health program
  • Describe how and why Occupational Health and Safety and Infection control must work cohesively
  • Explain what happens if health care workers are identified with an ARO
  • Understand the knowledge requirements of an Infection Control Practitioner


Author/Instructor: Sherri Wilson, MLT, CIC

Version Date: August 2012


PEP hours: 21.5

CPS credits: 0

*Note: PEP hours and/or CPS credits will only be awarded upon successful completion of course requirements.

See attached Course Guide for more information.

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