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Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill via Coursera


Learn about the role of environment in disease transmission and how to implement standard and transmission-based precautions to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria and other infections in your facility.


  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
    • Standard Precautions are the foundation for preventing the spread of infectious agents. Sometimes conditions require the addition of Transmission-based Precautions. In this module, we will review Standard Precautions and describe four transmission-based precaution categories.
  • Multi-drug Resistant Organisms
    • In the 70 years since the first antibiotics where developed to treat common bacterial infections, resistance to these “wonder” drugs has increased due to overuse and misuse. This has led to the rise of "super-bugs" or “multi-drug resistant organisms” that are not treatable by any antibiotic. If not addressed, antibiotic resistance will result in people dying from simple bacterial infections. This module will describe multi-drug resistant organisms, how they affect the residents in your facility, and what you can do to help control their spread.
  • Safe Injection Practices
    • Unsafe injection practices have led to large outbreaks of bloodborne pathogens. It is critical that best practices for safe injections and blood glucose monitoring are followed without exception. We will look at factors that contribute to the misuse of injection equipment, and a special program health care personnel can utilize to address this problem: the One and Only Campaign.
  • Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
    • Until recently, the role of the environment in disease transmission has been thought to be insignificant. Recent studies have shown that several major pathogens, like MRSA, VRE, C. difficile and norovirus, are shed by colonized and infected residents and contaminate surfaces at levels sufficient for disease transmission. This module will examine best practices for cleaning and disinfection.
  • Preventing Urinary Tract Infections
    • This module you will learn about the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) among nursing home residents and prevention strategies for helping residents stay healthy and UTI free.
  • Clostridium difficile prevention in nursing homes
    • Preventing Clostridium difficile infection and transmission continues to represent a serious challenge in infection prevention and nursing home resident safety. In this module, you will learn about how C. difficile is spread and best practices for preventing the spread of the germ in your facility.

Taught by

Kirk Huslage



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  • Anonymous
    I am staff Nurse in hospital, Pakistan I want to study online infections prevention in hospital and home along with certification. can you help with me ?

    thanks to all of you and your team members.
  • This is such a fun course to take, perhaps the first MOOC that made me giggle at least once. The course creators successfully attempted to add humor on such a serious topic. I find that by turning errors and misconceptions in infection prevention and control practices into laughing matter, the necessary emphases are made so learners are more likely to consciously avoid them in their work.
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    Gurpreet Singh
    Hi sir I'm interested online classes please let me know that if you here I'm waiting for your response
  • Noel Cullen

    Noel Cullen completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Very good course for those that work in the healthcare industry, full of great information and training, well worth doing it.
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    Supriya Mahato

    Supriya Mahato is taking this course right now.

    At first knowledge then describe how infections of disease of human beings .So I hope that many people can,t takecare for infection.
  • Elizabeth Abrifor

    Elizabeth Abrifor is taking this course right now.

    I was interested in the Course Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes because I applied to Study Nursing which will commence in October 2020. It will be nice for me to have idea of infection and prevention in the Nursing homes.
  • Bhupesh Kumar Choubisa

    Bhupesh Kumar Choubisa completed this course.

    Infecation control nurse course very good experience with this all movement and explain to all teaching materials experience teachers . thanks
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    Mohd Siraz Saifi

    Mohd Siraz Saifi completed this course.

    Hello everyone here is the invoice for the work done on Friday and Friday as discussed with Dr last Friday and he said that we will need the following to be sent to you on Thursday
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Its very useful and important to every one that study nursing, but I think to make it more difficult to enable us think more
  • Interhospitals Admins

    Interhospitals Admins completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course is intened as a advance level nursing,medicare courese ,and as such emphasis concepts from initial prevention from different diseases curriculum what you will learn more and more over.

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