Infection Control for Anesthesia Professionals
This patient safety course is intended to teach anesthesia professionals infection prevention principles that decrease the risk of healthcare-associated transmission of pathogens. The material is organized around the following categories:
- Safe Injection Practices
- Basic Infection Control
- Standard Precautions
- Expanded Precautions
- Engineering Controls
- Work-Practice Controls
- Anesthesia Equipment Re-processing
- The Anesthesia Workspace
- Aerosol-Generating Procedures
- Infection Control for Neuraxial Techniques
- Central Venous Catheters
- Clinician Considerations
Member price: $50.00 Non-member price: $65.00
After successfully completing this activity, the learner will be able to:
- Demonstrate the benefit (to anesthesia professionals and patients) of respecting scientifically accepted infection prevention and control practices, and the consequences for failure to regard them;
- Explain the responsibility of the anesthesia professional to follow infection prevention principles in all healthcare settings and to monitor the practices of those for whom he/she is responsible;
- List and describe safe injection practices designed to prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogens;
- Describe methods to safely administer incremental dosages of parenteral medications to the same patients;
- Discuss the safe use multi-dose medication and fluid containers in a patient care setting;
- Describe the components of the chain of infection;
- Explain Standard Precautions and the ways they are implemented;
- Explain Expanded Precautions and discuss the modes of transmission and specific pathogens associated with these precautions;
- Describe 4 basic work practice controls used for infection control;
- List some engineering controls used to prevent transmission of infectious disease;
- Identify where engineering or work practice controls can be utilized to prevent patient exposure to bloodborne pathogens;
- Identify specific barriers or personal protective equipment, and the circumstances that require their use;
- Evaluate cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization methods;
- Differentiate between non-critical, semi-critical, and critical medical devices;
- Explain the importance of effective and appropriate cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of anesthesia equipment;
- Describe methods recommended to reduce the incidence of infectious complications associated with neuraxial techniques;
- Describe methods recommended to reduce the incidence of infectious complications associated with central venous catheters;
- Demonstrate the health strategies to prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogens and other communicable diseases to healthcare workers;
- Explain post-exposure procedures for anesthesia professionals exposed to bloodborne pathogens
Faculty & Credentials:
Elliott S. Greene, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology Department of Anesthesiology Albany Medical College, Richard A. Beers, M.D. Professor, Anesthesiology SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Core Competencies:Patient care or patient-centered care
CME Credit:1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Required Hardware / Software:
System Requirements for Playing Streaming Video:
1) IBM-compatible or Macintosh computer with a "broadband" Internet connection (such as DSL, Cable, T1, etc.), and speakers or headphones.
2) Internet browser version 4.0 or later (e.g., Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Safari, etc.).
3) Streaming Media Player: RealOne, or Windows Media Player.