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Infectious Diseases

This inservice has been designed for nursing assistants, CNA's, and home health aides, and gives information on the most common infectious diseases in the long term care and home health care settings. It provides information on causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment for each infectious disease described.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 
 

  1. List the seven most common infectious diseases in the long term care and home health care settings. 
  2. Explain causes of the seven infectious diseases; influenza, pneumonia, MRSA, clostridium difficile, herpes zoster, scabies, and hepatitis. 
  3. Describe two symptoms of each infectious disease. 
  4. Name a preventative measure for each infectious disease. 
  5. Describe a treatment intervention for each infectious disease.
Protecting elderly residents and clients from infections is a vital part of your job. The CDC estimates there are nearly two million healthcare-acquired infections per year in the U.S., resulting in 99,000 deaths each year.

Elderly residents and clients are more susceptible to infections due to decreased immunity and multiple health problems. They are more likely to have serious consequences from infections.

Certain infectious diseases are more common in the long term care and home health care settings. Learning about common infectious diseases will help you keep your residents and clients safe and healthy.

Curriculum

Part 1: Influenza

Causes and Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment

Part 2: Pneumonia

Causes and Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment

Part 3: Tuberculosis

Causes and Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment

Part 4: MRSA

Causes and Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment

Part 5: Clostridium Difficile

Causes and Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment

Part 6: Herpes Zoster, Chicken Pox, and Shingles

Causes and Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment

Part 7: Scabies

Causes and Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment

Part 8: Hepatitis

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
Prevention

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Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 10.00
Contact Hours: 1



Accreditation

Upon successful completion the Home Health Aid or Nurse Assistant will receive a Certificate of Completion for 1.0 inservice contact hour(s).
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