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Ch 3: Asepsis & Infection Control in Healthcare

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Understanding infection and how to control it prevents the spread of disease in a high risk environment. This chapter will teach you the basics of maintaining a sterile healthcare facility and how doing so prevents the spread of infection.

Asepsis & Infection Control in Healthcare - Chapter Summary

The instructors in this chapter cover important topics about understanding what asepsis are infection are and how to prevent their spread and maintain a safe healthcare facility. In it, you'll learn about the following topics:

  • Infection control basics
  • The differences between medical and surgical sepsis
  • Antiseptics and sterilization techniques and tools

The lessons in this chapter can be watched as video lessons or read as text lessons in 5 to 10 minute on any mobile device, so you can study when you have time. After taking the lesson, you can test what you learned with the 5 question multiple choice quiz that follows.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Asepsis & Infection Control in Healthcare
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Basic Principles of Infection Control

1. Basic Principles of Infection Control

We are going to gain an understanding of microorganisms and what it means to be pathogenic. This lesson will go on to discuss the importance of infection control.

Role of the CDC & OSHA in Standard Precautions

2. Role of the CDC & OSHA in Standard Precautions

We are going to look at the two governing agencies for standard precautions: the CDC and OSHA. This lesson will go into their respective roles in regards to standard precautions.

Medical Asepsis: Precautions & Case Example

3. Medical Asepsis: Precautions & Case Example

Medical asepsis is a complex and very important topic. This lesson introduces you to its definition, core aspects, and tests your knowledge with a case example.

Surgical Asepsis: Sterilization & the Surgical Conscience

4. Surgical Asepsis: Sterilization & the Surgical Conscience

This lesson will define surgical asepsis, outline the different types of sterilization procedures, and go over the important concept of maintaining a surgical (sterile) conscience.

Antiseptics, Disinfectants & Sterilization

5. Antiseptics, Disinfectants & Sterilization

This lesson will discuss the differences between antisepsis, disinfection, and sterilization as well as some of the methods used for sterilization and antiseptic compounds you may have used yourself.

Aseptic Technique vs. Sterile Technique

6. Aseptic Technique vs. Sterile Technique

In this lesson, we will briefly review the differences between aseptic technique and sterile technique. We will also focus on distinguishing the level of cleanliness required in each method.

Autoclaves and Moist Heat Sterilization: Use With Surgical Tools

7. Autoclaves and Moist Heat Sterilization: Use With Surgical Tools

This lesson will discuss what an autoclave is, how it works, and what it's used for. We'll also discuss the disadvantages of an autoclave, bacterial endospores, and how sterilization is important in the context of nosocomial infections.

Using Alcohol as a Disinfectant and Antiseptic

8. Using Alcohol as a Disinfectant and Antiseptic

This lesson will discuss how alcohol can be used as a disinfectant and antiseptic but not a sterilant. We'll also talk about what it kills and doesn't kill and why ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol are the two most commonly used alcohol-based disinfectants.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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