Health care associated infections (HCAIs) are infections that are acquired as a result of healthcare interventions.1 There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of acquiring an infection, but maintaining a high standard of infection control will minimise the risk of occurrence.1,2 In the past, HCAIs have been associated predominantly with hospitals, but it is now recognised that primary and community care settings also carry risk.
This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at basic level, tests your understanding of infection control in a typical surgery setting. Complete the resource, including reading the featured articles and undertaking some or all of the activities, to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.
Undertaking the MCQs will enable you to:
1. Health Protection Agency. Healthcare associated infections, 2012
2. Royal College of Nursing. Sharps safety, 2011
Available at: http://www.rcn.org.uk/
Practice Nurse featured articles
Issues in personal safety Dr Mary Lowth
Infection control in primary care Mandy Galloway
NICE CG 139 Infection: Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care, 2012
RCN. Essential practice for infection prevention and control: Guidance for nursing staff, 2012
Education for Health course
Essentials of Primary Care Nursing