Reducing Bacterial Load and Healthcare Acquired Infections in your Unit

Reducing the spread of multi-drug resistant organisms

The lecture duration is 41min.

0.75 CPD Points, 0.75 CEUs, 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and EB Medicine.

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Kathleen Vollman
Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator and Consultant, USA
Lecture Summary

Is the spread of multi-drug resistant (MDRO) organisms a major problem in your patient care environment? Then consider designing a plan of attack using the latest evidence and implementation strategies to win the bug war. MDRO’s contribute to serious infections and higher mortality in acute and critically ill patients. This session will explore modes of transmission to outline a strategy for source control. Habitual care practices including bathing, oral hygiene, and handwashing will be examined closely as potential sources. An in-depth focus on the development of evidence-based care practices and protocols and the examination of resources and systems that support source control and reduce transmission will be discussed. Let’s eradicate the bugs together.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast narrow and expanded views of the nurse’s patient advocacy role and identify key basic nursing care that prevents harm
  • Identify modes of transmission for the spread of microorganism in the critical care environment
  • Define key evidence-based practices that can reduce the bacterial load and/or prevent the development of healthcare-acquired infections
  • Outline key program steps using case examples for creating a source control program within your unit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, watch the course, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Online learners will need a computer or web-enabled device to access the podcast, additional learning materials, and CME test.

Commercial Support

This activity received no commercial support.