Infection Prevention and control

Basic Infection Prevention and
Control (IPC) for Non-Clinical Staff

The Basic Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Non-Clinical Staff is a self-paced course is designed to provide non-clinical staff, including administrative and ancillary workers, with a solid foundation in IPC principles and practises.

Introduction: Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is crucial in healthcare settings to minimize the risk of healthcare-associated infections and promote patient safety. This course, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), offers an introduction to IPC for non-clinical staff. It aims to strengthen your knowledge of IPC, guide IPC implementation, and support policy development in your health facility.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of IPC in healthcare settings and its role in reducing healthcare-associated infections.
  • Identify the core components of IPC and their significance in preventing the spread of infections.
  • Apply standard precautions during patient care activities and recognise when transmission-based precautions are necessary.
  • Explain the importance of hand hygiene in reducing the transmission of microorganisms.
  • Demonstrate proper usage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for infection prevention.
  • Understand waste management processes and their role in minimising infection risks.
  • Comprehend the significance of environmental cleaning in reducing the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms and healthcare-associated infections.

Target Audience: This course is specifically designed for:

  • Non-clinical staff, including administrative and ancillary workers, in healthcare facilities.
  • Individuals seeking an introduction to IPC principles and practises.
  • Those responsible for implementing IPC policies and procedures in their healthcare facility.
  • Staff members with expanded IPC responsibilities who require foundational knowledge in IPC.

Modules: The course consists of the following modules, to be completed in a linear order:

  1. Module 1: Introduction to IPC and its core components
  2. Module 2: IPC Basics – Standard Precaution

Course Format:

  • Asynchronous and self-paced online learning.
  • Accessible via any computer or mobile device.
  • Engaging multimedia content, including readings, videos, quizzes, activities, case studies, and self-reflection questions.
  • Various types of assessment questions, including multiple-choice, true/false, matching, sequencing, and short-answer.
  • Clear feedback provided for quizzes to reinforce learning.
  • Course overview page provides guidance on time expectations, course goals, and learning objectives.

Certification: Certificates of completion will be awarded to participants who achieve a grade of 70% or higher on the post-tests for each module.

Begin your journey towards strengthening infection prevention and control knowledge and practices as a non-clinical staff member. Enrol now and make a difference in promoting a safer healthcare environment!

For registration and more information contact training@ctech-caribbean.org.

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Basic Infection Prevention and
Control (IPC) for Clinical Staff

The online course Basic Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Clinical Staff is a self-paced course is designed to provide clinical staff, including clinicians and nurses, with a comprehensive understanding of IPC principles and practises.

Introduction: Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is a critical aspect of healthcare systems worldwide. By improving IPC practises, we have the opportunity to reduce avoidable morbidity and mortality. Developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), this training package aims to strengthen the IPC knowledge of health workers, ultimately enhancing patient safety.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how IPC practises prevent the spread of infections and antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings.
  • Identify risk factors within the patient care environment, including microorganisms, that contribute to the burden of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs).
  • Apply appropriate standard precautions during patient care activities and recognise when transmission-based precautions are necessary.
  • Explain how sanitation and environmental hygiene contribute to reducing the risk of transmission in healthcare settings.
  • Describe appropriate strategies for implementing and containing outbreaks of HAIs in healthcare settings.
  • Understand measures for preventing COVID-19 in healthcare facilities.

Target Audience: This course is specifically designed for:

  • Clinical staff, including clinicians and nurses, are seeking an introduction to IPC principles and practises.
  • Individuals responsible for implementing IPC policies and procedures in healthcare facilities
  • Healthcare workers are looking to enhance their IPC knowledge and contribute to patient safety.

Modules: The course consists of the following modules, to be completed in a linear order:

  1. Module 1: Introduction to IPC and its Core Components
  2. Module 2: IPC Basics: Standard Precautions
  3. Module 3: IPC Basics: Microbiology
  4. Module 4: Injection Safety
  5. Module 5: Decontamination and Sterilisation
  6. Module 6: Preventing COVID-19 in Healthcare Facilities

Course Format:

  • Asynchronous and self-paced online learning
  • Accessible via any computer or mobile device.
  • Engaging multimedia content, including readings, videos, quizzes, activities, case studies, and self-reflection questions.
  • Various types of assessment questions are available, including multiple-choice, true/false, matching, sequencing, and short-answer.
  • Clear feedback is provided for quizzes to reinforce learning.
  • The course overview page provides guidance on time expectations, course goals, and learning objectives.

Certification: Certificates of completion will be awarded to participants who achieve a grade of 70% or higher on the post-tests for each module.

Begin your journey towards strengthening infection prevention and control practises as a clinical staff member. Enrol now and contribute to creating safer healthcare environments!

For registration and more information contact training@ctech-caribbean.org.

 

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Advanced Infection Prevention
and Control (IPC)

Introduction: Welcome to the online course “Advanced Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).” This self-paced course is designed for Medical Officers of Health and other leaders in the healthcare system who have completed and passed the course “Basic Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Clinical Staff.” The course aims to provide advanced knowledge and skills in IPC to support the implementation of effective IPC programs.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify how IPC core components and multimodal strategies contribute to successful IPC program implementation.
  2. Describe principles and approaches for conducting healthcare-associated infection (HAI) surveillance and interpreting findings for evaluating and informing IPC programs.
  3. Apply appropriate strategies for implementing and stopping outbreaks of HAIs in healthcare settings.

Target Audience: This course is specifically designed for:

  • Medical Officers of Health and other leaders in the healthcare system.
  • IPC professionals, hospital administrators, and epidemiologists.
  • IPC hospital teams and other relevant healthcare professionals. Participants are required to have completed and passed the course “Basic Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Clinical Staff” before enrolling in this course.

Course Format:

  • Asynchronous and self-paced online learning.
  • Accessible via any computer or mobile device.
  • Consists of 4 modules to be completed in a linear order.
  • Course overview page provides guidance on time expectations, course goals, and learning objectives.
  • Each module includes a variety of learning activities, such as readings, videos, quizzes, activities, case studies, and self-reflection questions.
  • Quizzes cover multiple-choice, true/false, matching, sequencing, and short-answer questions.
  • Certificates of completion are available for each module (except Core Components and Multimodal Strategy) upon achieving a grade of 70% or higher on the post-tests.

Course Modules:

  1. Module 1: WHO IPC Core Components and Multimodal Strategy
  2. Module 2: IPC Implementation Strategies
  3. Module 3: Healthcare-Associated Infection Surveillance
  4. Module 4: Outbreak Investigations

Course Structure: Each module consists of multiple learning activities to enhance your understanding and application of IPC concepts. These activities include readings, videos, quizzes, activities, case studies, and self-reflection questions. Clear feedback and correct answers are provided to support your learning experience.

Start your journey towards advancing your knowledge and skills in Infection Prevention and Control. Enroll now and contribute to the effective implementation of IPC programs in healthcare settings!

For registration and more information contact training@ctech-caribbean.org.

 

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Healthcare-Associated Infection
Surveillance and Prevention

Introduction: Welcome to the online course “Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Surveillance and Prevention.” This self-paced course is designed for hospital clinicians who have completed and passed the course “Basic Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Clinical Staff.” The course focuses on the critical component of HAI surveillance in an effective IPC program. You will explore the basic concepts of epidemiology and learn about the proper planning cycles for implementing HAI surveillance.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the principles for conducting HAI surveillance and understand the cycle for implementing and interpreting its findings to evaluate and inform IPC programs.
  2. Identify appropriate strategies for implementing and stopping outbreaks of HAIs in healthcare settings.
  3. Understand recommendations and best practices for infection prevention related to bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, and catheter-related urinary tract infections.

Target Audience: This course is specifically designed for hospital clinicians who have completed the course “Basic Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Clinical Staff.” Target audience includes:

  • Hospital clinicians involved in patient care.
  • Medical and nursing staff.
  • Infection prevention and control professionals.

Course Modules:

  1. Module 1: HAI Surveillance
  2. Module 2: Outbreak Investigations
  3. Module 3: Antimicrobial Resistance
  4. Module 4: Hospital-Associated Infections
    • Module 4.1: Respiratory Tract Infections
    • Module 4.2: Surgical Site Infections
    • Module 4.3: Bloodstream Infections
    • Module 4.4: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

Course Format:

  • Asynchronous and self-paced online learning.
  • Accessible via any computer or mobile device.
  • Consists of 4 modules to be completed in a linear order.
  • Course overview page provides guidance on time expectations, course goals, and learning objectives.
  • Each module includes a variety of learning activities, such as readings, videos, quizzes, activities, case studies, and self-reflection questions.
  • Quizzes cover multiple-choice, true/false, matching, sequencing, and short-answer questions.
  • Clear feedback and correct answers are provided to support your learning experience.

Certification: Certificates of completion are available upon successfully finishing each module. Participants must achieve a grade of 70% or higher on the post-tests to qualify for certification.

Course Structure: Each module contains various learning activities, including readings, videos, quizzes, activities, case studies, and self-reflection questions. These activities are designed to enhance your understanding and application of HAI surveillance and prevention concepts. Feedback and correct answers are provided to facilitate your learning experience.

Embark on your journey to strengthen healthcare-associated infection surveillance and prevention practices. Enroll now and contribute to the improvement of patient safety and quality of care in healthcare settings!

For registration and more information contact training@ctech-caribbean.org.


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Joining Forces to Tackle NCDs!

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH) team of Consultants had a fruitful meeting with Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, on July 14, 2023. Joined by his NCD team at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we discussed the Caribbean Development Bank funded Caribbean Moves project. This initiative aims to improve the health of the Caribbean region and combat non-communicable diseases. Stay tuned for updates on our collaborative efforts!

A stressful work environment can contribute to several health issues both mentally and physically, these may include headache, insomnia, stomach-aches, anxiety, difficulty concentrating high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. 

It is important then that we take meaningful steps to ensure that we are manging our own personal space to avoid some of these issues. Our assumption, perception and expectation affect how we react to others and life situations and ultimately how we view how jobs. When assumption, expectations and perceptions are not met, we respond through our thought’s feelings and behaviours. It is important to practice positive thinking as our thoughts affects how we feel, and our feelings affects how we behave.

Here are some tips to help you with your work environment:

  • Seek for clarity instead of trying to convince yourself of what others are thinking
  • Refrain from personalisation, not everything mentioned is a direct attack on you
  • Invest in self care
  • Set limits
  • Proper nutrition
  • Connect with people

We often here people expressing how stressed they are feeling or how over worked they are, not having enough time to do the things they like such as spending time with friend and families or even a few self-care activities. We have watch families suffer due to long working hours as well as our jobs due to loss of interest and enthusiasm resulting from burnout. 

When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in their jobs.

Here is how you can accomplish work life balance

At work    

  • Set manageable goals each day. 
  • Be efficient with your time at work. 
  • Take five. 
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Give yourself a break. 

         At Home

  • Don’t over commit. 
  • Get support. 
  • Stay active. 
  • Treat your body right. 
  • Get help if you need it. 

Tameca Dempster-Mattocks is an accomplished Associate Counseling Psychologist and Financial Counsellor, holding an M.Sc. Degree in Counselling and Social Work from Mico University College, along with multiple certifications in mental health from the University of Washington.

 

Currently, she holds the positions of Regional Psychologist – NERHA and Mental Health Program Coordinator at the Caribbean Training & Education Center for Health (C-TECH). Tameca has successfully managed regional mental health projects, overseeing and leading impactful initiatives that positively influence the mental well-being of individuals in the region. 

 

With a passion for community service, Tameca actively contributes to various private and charitable organizations, dedicating her time as a volunteer to support community members and at-risk youth.

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