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. 

Core Infection Preventionist Training Program

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.
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Full Resource
Library

The Infection Prevention Forum has developed a library of resources for professionals and the public in a variety of topics and settings. The hope is to have a curated list of documents and websites easily searchable
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Project Firstline Trainings and Resources

Infection control education for healthcare workers should be accessible and easy to understand. Project Firstline offers educational materials and resources that provide CDC infection control training for frontline healthcare workers.
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New Carbapenemase
(CPO)Training Series

CPOs and ME: A Series of Trainings The Maine CDC offers a continuing series for providers and practitioners caring for patients at risk of CPO infection.
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Plain Language Patient Education Resources

Antimicrobial
Stewardship Links

Allied Health Professions Student Resources

Allied Health Professions Student Resources is the excellent list of information for students entering the field of healthcare.
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Highlighted Education Modules

Core Infection Preventionist Training Program

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.

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New Training! - Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) for Long Term Care Facilities

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.

Biological Hazards

This 1.5 hour module, developed in March 2017, covers OSHA regulation topics for Biological Hazards in extended care facilities. This course is recommended for all facility staff.

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Bloodborne Pathogens for Clinical Staff

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.

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Bloodborne Pathogens for Non-Clinical Staff

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.

The Latest!

Chlorhexidine Bathing Routine Reduces Infections in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes using a chlorhexidine bathing routine to clean the skin and nose with over-the-counter antiseptic solutions prevents serious infections and reduces the amount of antibiotic resistant organisms in the nursing home, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to an AHRQ-funded study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Each year, 3 million healthcare-associated infections in U.S. nursing homes cause 150,000 hospital admissions and 350,000 deaths. Researchers found that in nursing homes using the bathing routine, known as decolonization, two residents per month avoided transfers to the hospital due to infections. These nursing homes also significantly reduced transfers to the hospital for other causes. Nursing homes that used decolonization also saw significant reduction in the overall prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms including MRSA, vancomycin-resistant Enterococci, and other resistant bacteria. Access the study and the AHRQ press release.

New Infection Prevention Training – Carbapenemase (CPO)

CPOs and ME: A Series of Trainings 

The Maine CDC offers a continuing series for providers and practitioners caring for patients at risk of CPO infection.

Project Firstline Spotlight!

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Updated- Antimicrobial Stewardship Links

A full page of resources, videos and training.