Basic Infection Prevention and Control for Healthcare Workers


The Basic IPC for HC Workers is an introductory course specifically designed for healthcare personnel requiring basic IPC knowledge with an emphasis on hand hygiene, standard precautions, and procedure-based transmission precautions in newly developing health systems. It is not designed to be totally comprehensive or extensive, but to introduce basic concepts of IPC to the learners. The aim of this short course is to familiarise healthcare personnel with evidence-based IPC practices to improve quality of care. The course is based on structured curricula and evidence and provides a basis for developing health policies for safe clinical practice for both patients and staff. The examination at the end of the course will be to assess competency

What is the content/structure of this course:

This is a 5-day course structured to provide face to face didactic lectures in the morning and clinical visits, group work and discussions in the afternoon. Each morning, there will be a quick revision of the previous day’s work. On the last day, there will be a formal test.

Infection Prevention and Control
Rapid overview on infectious agents like bacteria, viruses and fungi, their modes of transmission and resistance to antimicrobials including disinfectants
• Transmission of pathogens,
• host and microbe defence mechanisms,
• Antimicrobial resistance and stewardship.
Standard Precautions.
Basic essentials of standard practices which all healthcare workers should know and apply during their clinical practice towards reducing the risk of transmission of pathogens. The aim is to enhance patient and healthcare worker safety
• Hand hygiene and multimodal strategy
• Personal protective equipment- when and how to use them
• Aseptic procedures and bundles

The environment and water, sanitation and hygiene
• Environmental cleaning
• Waste management
• Linen and laundry management
• Use of disinfectants
• Decontamination and sterilization
Transmission based precautions
• Contact precautions
• Droplet precautions
• Airborne precautions
• The built environment- hospital design
• Isolation facilities
Surveillance, outbreak response and IPC policies
• Measuring healthcare-associated infection
• Surveillance of hospital pathogens
• Outbreak response in hospitals
• Formulating policies and guidelines

What is the outcome of this course 

• Have grasped basic concepts of IPC including transmission of pathogens.

• Be able to follow appropriate transmission-based precautions and procedures at the workplace.

• Be able to make informed decisions in IPC relating to disease transmission at the workplace.

• Be able to evaluate evidence based IPC practices and adapt them to local conditions.

• Be able to improve patient, staff and visitor safety and patient care in cost-effective programmes.

• Be able to do a basic IPC risk assessment at the workplace.


Basic Infection Prevention and Control for Healthcare Workers

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