Teaching Infection Control Resources

Use the tabs below labeled AHA Center for Health Innovation and Project Firstline’s Toolkit for comprehensive training material.

SUPPORTING CURRENT AND FUTURE WORKFORCE TEAMS IN DRIVING IMPROVED INFECTION PREVENTION

Developing strong and functional health care teams through training, education and practice is key to successful infection prevention and control. Community colleges play a critical role in the health care workforce development pathway, training more than half of all new allied health professionals nationally. The following resources were developed for faculty, preceptors, health educators, infection preventionists, and others responsible for training others on infection prevention and control as well as serving as a refresher course for current team members.

ESSENTIALS FOR TEACHING INFECTION CONTROL

This series includes three short videos (8-16 minutes each) on specific infection control principles, and an accompanying instructor’s manual on how these videos can be used in trainings and curricula.

HAND HYGIENE

This video summarizes CDC’s guidelines on hand hygiene, related tools and concepts for effective application. Health care workers play a critical role in keeping patients safe by following proper hand hygiene — cleaning hands at the right moments and using the proper methods to prevent hands from spreading germs to patients and others.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Other sessions in this video series briefly introduce health care workers to personal protective equipment. This session takes a deeper look at PPE and its role in infection control in every setting where health care is delivered. The video starts with a discussion of what PPE is and why people wear it, and then looks at some examples.

Disclaimer: provides an overview of PPE use but does not take the place of demonstrated competency in the selection and use of PPE available at your health care facility.
VENTILATION IN HEALTH CARE

This video reinforces how germs spread and explains the role of ventilation in reducing the risk of further spread. It helps health care workers understand that good ventilation is essential to ensure that staff, patients and others are not exposed to chemicals, dust and other hazards in the air, and that good ventilation helps reduce the spread of respiratory infections.

These resources were developed in partnership with The League for Innovation in the Community College, the American Medial Association, and the Health Research & Educational Trust.