Prevention of Infection in Healthcare Workers

Instructor: Maureen Spencer
Product ID: 703636
  • Duration: 60 Min

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For healthcare facilities and long term care facilities looking to promote employee safety and infection control in the workplace, this webinar will provide essential inputs on structuring your employee health program as per Center of Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommendations.

Why Should You Attend:

The CDC, OSHA, CMS and NIOSH have set guidelines, regulations or requirements for healthcare organizations to ensure the prevention of exposures and incidents that could lead to infection on the job. These guidelines describe how facilities should actively identify and limit the exposure of staff to infectious diseases in the performance of their assigned duties.

In this course, attendees will be introduced to various regulations and guidelines dictated by the related governing body and understand the need for compliance with these norms.

The employee health plan is the foundation to an effective program to reduce risks of infections and bloodborne pathogen exposures in a facility. The adherence to standard precautions and sharps safety by staff is necessary to prevent contact with blood and other potentially infectious material. Assuring that staff members are adequately screened for infectious disease and immunity on employment and provided with appropriate immunizations on an annual basis, such as influenza immunization, is an important infection prevention component of the employee health program.

Other critical elements of an effective employee health program will also be highlighted in the webinar along with best practices for pregnant personnel, laboratory personnel, and emergency response personnel. The course will assist participants in implementing a program that meets the requirements of accrediting and regulatory agencies and local and state requirements to prevent disease transmission in patients, staff and visitors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the components to an employee/occupational health program.
  2. List the infectious diseases that expose healthcare workers to risk.
  3. Identify the sources for recommendations on employee/occupational health.
  4. Describe the post-exposure protocol for bloodborne pathogens.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Components of an employee/occupational health plan and procedures
  • List of infectious diseases, both viral and bacterial, that can cause infections in staff, patients and visitors including:
    • Tetanus/diphtheria
    • Polio
    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Rubella
    • Chickenpox
    • Hepatitis A, B, C
    • Human immunodeficiency virus
    • Tuberculosis screening
    • Conjunctivitis – bacterial and viral
    • Herpes viruses: varicella zoster (chickenpox), herpes zoster, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex, epstein-barr virus
    • Gastrointestinal infections (C diffcile, norovirus)
    • Meningococcal exposures
    • Staphylococcal – staph aureus and MRSA
    • Streptococcal infections – group A
    • Influenza
    • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  • Screening and immunization schedules for infectious diseases
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis for bloodborne pathogens
  • Post-exposure screening and treatment for TB
  • Sharps safety program and needlestick reduction devices
  • Management of job-related illnesses and exposures (work restrictions, re-assignments)
  • Maintenance of records, data management and confidentiality
  • Precautions for newly emerging pathogens such as MERS-CoV, Ebola, H7N9
  • Pregnant personnel, laboratory personnel, and emergency response personnel
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act as related to employee health

Who Will Benefit:

This webinar will provide valuable assistance to:

  • Infection preventionists and employee/occupations health nurse (or those assigned to this position) in the following healthcare settings:
    • Acute care hospitals
    • Rehabilitation facilities
    • Behavioral health facilities
    • Long-term care facilities
  • Medical and nursing personnel assigned to oversee the employee health program
  • Home healthcare personnel overseeing the employee health program for the company

Instructor Profile:

Maureen Spencer, RN, M.Ed., has been board certified in infection control (CIC) for over 30 years and is a corporate infection preventionist consultant. She is based in Boston and provides consultative and educational resources as a corporate consultant for Universal Health Services, a 25 hospital system in 9 states.

She was the infection control manager at the New England Baptist Hospital, an orthopedic specialty institution in Boston and prior to that the director of infection control at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has served many positions on the national and local boards of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC).

In 1990, Dr. Spencer was awarded the APIC National Carole DeMille Award in honor of her expertise in the field, and in 2007, she was selected as one of the APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention for her work in establishing a MRSA and Staph aureus Eradication Program at her hospital. She was a contributing author in Comprehensive Perioperative Nursing Textbook and has presented numerous research abstracts at national conferences on her work to eliminate healthcare associated infections. The multidisciplinary work she has pioneered and directed at the New England Baptist Hospital serves as a model for best practice, illustrating the importance of team work and evidence based medicine.

Topic Background:

OSHA published the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) in 1992 and CDC published its Guideline for Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel in 1998. The Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) updates the CDC, OSHA, CMS and NIOSH recommendations on a routine basis. These updates will also be discussed in the webinar.

Infection control and the employee/occupational health nurse must collaborate to ensure that all patients, visitors, and staff utilize standard precautions, provide health education, promote good health habits, demonstrate appropriate hand hygiene practices, administer employee immunizations, and survey clinical departments for potential environmental risks. Best practices for the same will be discussed in the webinar.

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