This module aims to provide the student with a knowledge and understanding of the principles preventing the spread of infection as they pertain to all different departments and specialties in healthcare. This module forms part of the knowledge essential in order to build competency in the role of an IPCN.
Related Competencies – Core competencies for those working in Infection Control and /or Hygiene (ECDC, 2012)
On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:
“Healthcare services must ensure that infection prevention and control are part of the routine delivery of care to protect people from preventable healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. This includes how services identify any work practice, equipment, and environmental risks and put in place protective measures to improve the service provided”.
(HIQA, National Standards for infection prevention and control in community services 2018) Taking one example of a recognized infection prevention risk from your area of work, critically discuss this statement with reference to current literature, research, and government documents.