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.
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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.
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)
The Maine CDC offers a continuing series for providers and practitioners caring for patients at risk of CPO infection.
Updated- Antimicrobial Stewardship Links
A full page of resources, videos and training.