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 CME credits approval pending.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and Provider Pending.

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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