Welcome to Maine's Infection Prevention Forum
This is your home for the latest infection prevention courses and resources for health care and direct care workers.
Course content developed by the State of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and the Federal CDC as part of their Project Firstline Initiative. Additional content and funding provided by the State of Maine’s Maine Quality Forum (MQF) and the University of Southern Maine.
Patient Booklets on Recovering From Surgery Now Available in Both English and Spanish
Seven booklets developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to help patients recover from surgery are now available in both English and Spanish. These booklets were created by content experts for the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery. They help adult patients prepare for and recover from surgery both in the hospital and at home. The booklets address preparing for and recovering from colorectal surgery, surgery for a broken hip, gynecologic surgery, emergency laparotomy, emergency gallbladder surgery and emergency appendectomy. A Users Guide is also available to help healthcare organizations use the patient education book.
New Infection Prevention Training – Carbapenemase (CPO)
The Maine CDC offers a continuing series for providers and practitioners caring for patients at risk of CPO infection.
Highlighted Education Modules
This 8-hour course provides instruction on the use of standard precautions, droplet and airborne precautions, and when to use each. It will demonstrate proper hand hygiene and provide information about employing personal protective equipment for infection prevention. Additionally, it will discuss safe handling of potentially contaminated equipment or surfaces in the resident environment.
This course is recommended for infection preventionists, nurses, directors of nursing, and others in extended care facilities involved in the prevention and control of infection.
The Maine CDC has two goals for this training: Provide education on reducing UTIs in long term care facilities; Understand how over-prescribing antibiotics, which commonly occurs in extended-term facilities, can lead to antibiotic resistance of some bacteria, which increases the potential lethality of bacterial infections. This training is 45 to 60 minutes in length.
This 1.5 hour module, developed in December 2016, covers OSHA regulation topics for Bloodborne Pathogens for staff who are involved in direct patient care. This course is recommended for nursing staff, nursing assistants, and management staff.
Need to be recertified for? If so, please use this version.
Looking for 2023 Recertification?
This 1.5 hour module, developed in December 2016, covers OSHA regulation topics related to Bloodborne Pathogens for Non-Clinical Staff. This course is recommended for laundry, housekeeping, maintenance, dietary, and office staff, as well as volunteers. Need to be recertified for? If so, please use this version.