Infection Prevention & Control

Infection Prevention & Control

Learn the skills to prevent and control infection within the health services area.

The purpose of this 4-day QQI Level 5 award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to prevent and control infection within the health services area.

Learners attending this programme must meet RPL criteria. Your entry to this course is not guaranteed until the Nifast training team can confirm your RPL eligibility.

If you are unsure of your eligibility contact us on 01 895 5755.

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On course completion learners will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic principles of infection and the application of standard precautions in relation to infection control, to include the significance of an Area of Infection Control
  2. Discuss the importance of infection prevention and control in the healthcare area, in providing a healthy environment for patients, staff and visitors
  3. Summarise the various types of micro organisms, the elements required for the growth, spread and subsequent infection process, to include direct and indirect contact, knowledge of the chain of infection and the need for vigilance and safe practice at all times
  4. Analyse the predisposing factors to the development of healthcare-acquired infections to include contact precautions, respiratory precautions and enteric precautions
  5. Discuss the role and functions of the local infection control team members, to include local policy in relation to dress, staff health and travel associated infections
  6. Investigate the terms cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation to include cleaning standards, procedures and frequencies while paying special attention to decontamination of equipment, including patient care equipment
  7. Identify the main blood borne viruses which pose a threat and the methods that prevent the spread of infections
  8. Examine the role of antibiotics and the importance of correct and safe antibiotic use to avoid antibiotic resistance
  9. Differentiate between social hand hygiene, antiseptic hand hygiene and surgical hand hygiene to include the correct use of alcohol hand gels and the need for good personal skin care and efficient hand washing
  10. Implement the local terminal cleaning procedure in a range of settings, such as an isolation room, single use items and outbreak management
  11. Apply appropriate management of blood and body fluid spillages, to include policies for dealing with clean and soiled linen, the disposal of sharps and the correct management following inoculation, injury or accidental exposure to blood and body fluids

All learning outcomes must be assessed:

  • Skills Demonstration 40% – A skills demonstration is used to assess a wide range of practical based learning outcomes including practical skills and knowledge. A skills demonstration will require the learner to complete a task or series of tasks that demonstrate a range of skills.
  • Learner Record 20% – A learner record is the learner’s self-reported and self-reflective record in which he/she describes specific learning experiences, activities, responses and skills acquired
  • Examination – Theory 40% – An examination provides a means of assessing a learner’s ability to recall and apply knowledge, skills and understanding within a set period of time and under clearly specified conditions. A theory-based examination assesses the ability to recall, apply and understand specific theory and knowledge.

Grading:

  • Pass 50% – 64%
  • Merit 65% – 79%
  • Distinction 80% – 100%

Transfer

Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement.