Diversey offers several continuing education courses for nurses in infection prevention. We have partnered with Medcom Trainex to offer a selection of FREE Microbiology, Infection Prevention and the Environment Online CE Courses.
Course descriptions are as follows:
INTRO TO MICROBIOLOGY (1 Hour CE Credit)
The purpose of this continuing education session is to review the concepts of basic microbiology,. The course will familiarize you with the types of organisms frequently encountered in the healthcare environment. The ability to understand pathogens and their interrelationships will help on the journey to prevent the spread of infection. More importantly, it will help you understand key traits of these organisms, distinguishing them into buckets of viruses, bacteria, fungi and spores. The course will also outline the sensitivity of these various buckets of organisms to disinfectants, enabling you to work through the maze of disinfectant claims to determine the right level of kill claims for your facility
BREAKING THE CHAIN OF INFECTION (1 Hour CE Credit)
Prevention is the key to stopping infection. This course reviews the six links in the chain of transmission, but more importantly provides keys to breaking the chain to protect patients, visitors and staff. The course provides several examples of how to break the chain of transmission, including the use of personal protective equipment, precautions, and cleaning and disinfection to break the chain of infection.
THE DIRTY DOZEN - KEY PATHOGENS (1 Hour CE Credit)
This course reviews the key healthcare associated pathogens that are the most common cause of infection or outbreaks. Having an understanding of these key pathogens, how they are spread, and knowing how they are classified, can help facilities determine the sensitivity and resistance of these microorganisms to disinfectants along with the best way to protect patients, visitors and staff from infection.
WHAT CAN GO WRONG IN CLEANING AND DISINFECTION? (1 Hour CE Credit)
Disinfection is not as straight forward as most healthcare providers would assume. The session will outline what can go wrong when cleaning and disinfecting and how to address these concerns. The course outlines several barriers to effective cleaning and disinfection, and highlights how to overcome these barriers to achieve the best results. The session will outline common issues that can impact disinfectant performance, and provide tools to enable you to balance the tradeoffs in selecting the right disinfectants for your facility.
ARE YOU ADDRESSING THE RISK? (1 Hour CE Credit)
This session will outline the business case for effective cleaning and disinfection. Unfortunately, there is not a single, magic bullet that keeps patients and staff safe from infection. It takes a bundled approach. This course will discuss how product, procedures, training, and monitoring of cleaning compliance are proven elements in a successful environmental hygiene program. The course will help attendees understand the business case of cleaning and disinfection to address the risks of pathogens in the environment. It will review key criteria to be considered when selecting the right disinfectant, keys to developing and implementing well-defined and consistent procedures for all aspects of cleaning/disinfection, and tools to ensure compliance with this protocol.
USING A SPORICIDAL DISINFECTANT EVERYWHERE IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO ONGOING CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE TRANSMISSION (1 Hour CE Credit)
This session addresses issues around Clostridium difficile (CD) transmission. Jim Gauthier talks about the multiple factors that can impact ongoing CD transmission. Use of a sporicidal disinfectant every day, and everywhere, to reduce the risk of CD and other healthcare associated pathogens is overkill if a facility has not addressed other risk factors. Using guidelines from SHEA IDSA, as well as evidence-based studies demonstrating the effectiveness of measures to reduce CD rates, Jim outlines the rationale behind why facilities need to look at a multi-faceted approach vs. simply a change to a sporicidal disinfectant everywhere, and address how the healthcare practices, products, and compliance can effectively and efficiently reduce transmission rates.
COLLABORATE TO ERADICATE (1 Hour CE Credit)
Facilities are finding there are better ways to improve the collaboration between stakeholders to create a culture focused on working together to create the best possible patient outcomes within healthcare settings. Good communication and collaboration between stakeholders are essential for the safest and most satisfying environment for patients and staff. This session focuses on the roles of stakeholders in the overall environment of care, using data from studies on environmental hygiene and potential areas for improvement, while discussing how a symbiotic relationship can benefit patients and staff.
TARGETED MOMENTS OF DISINFECTION™ (TMED™) (1 Hour CE Credit)
Every human is covered in microorganisms, which can be shed into the environment by patients, staff and visitors entering a patient room. To address this, healthcare settings typically incorporate a daily cleaning regime. Typically, environmental services staff members spend 15 minutes on a daily clean (Source: AHE 2018 Trends Survey). Yet we know that after that daily cleaning, patient care activities continue to happen throughout the day, generating contamination that can create risk for the patient or contaminate the hands of healthcare staff. Because of this, surfaces may need to be addressed more than once a day. The session focuses on targeted moments for cleaning and disinfection, to create a safer and more satisfying environment of care.
OR TURNOVER – Improving Speed without compromising quality (1 Hour CE Credit)
Turning over the operating room with speed is critical to get the next patient in and optimize revenue for facilities. This session helps attendees describe the business case for improved operating room cleaning and disinfection. The session also discusses products, practices and training for manual cleaning and disinfection, and explores how to further reduce the risk of infection with ultraviolet (UV) systems, as well as examines tools to implement best practices for cleaning and disinfection.
Candida Auris – Addressing the Emerging Pathogen (1 Hour CE Credit)
Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. The CDC is concerned about C. auris as it is often multidrug-resistant and can be difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods, and has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings. For this reason, it is important to quickly identify C. auris in a hospitalized patient so that healthcare facilities can take special precautions to stop its spread. This course discusses the history of C. auris, the reservoir and mode of transmission, and the susceptible hosts. The speakers also outline recommendations and actions to prevent and control the spread of the organism.
NOTE: Nursing CEUs: Continuing education (CE) contact hour, sponsored by Diversey®, are generally accepted by most professional nursing organizations and state boards of nursing. Diversey®, has worked with Medcom, Inc. to obtain appropriate reviews and credentialing for CE offerings. Diversey does not warrant that all professional organizations or licensing authorities will accept its CE contact hours. If you are uncertain about any of these courses please contact your professional organizations or licensing authorities to confirm their acceptance of these contact hours.