Learning Collaborative 4: Infectious Disease Processes & Preventing/ Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents

August 16, 2023 – September 20, 2023

During these six weeks, participants will learn about the following:

  1. “First Contact”
    Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023
    Time: 1:30 PM EST 
    Topics: Disease transmission by direct and indirect Contact, Contact precautions, transport, model organism: Norovirus, Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE), Lice. 
    Learning Objectives: Describe the transmission of organisms through contact, and the precautions required. 
  1. “An Ocean in a Drop” 
    Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2023
    Time: 1:30 PM EST    
    Topics: Droplet transmission, Droplet precautions, transport, model organism: Influenza, MRSA, Pertussis. 
    Learning Objectives: Identify organisms spread by droplet transmission and ways to prevent their spread. 
  1. “Air, Air Everywhere”
    Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2023
    Time: 1:30 PM EST 
    Topics: Airborne transmission, Airborne precautions, transport, model organism: Measles, Covid, Tuberculosis (TB). 
    Learning Objectives: Apply airborne precautions for organisms spread by the airborne route. 
  1. “What is with Candida auris (C.auris)?”
    Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2023
    Time: 1:30 PM EST 
    Topics: More detail on C.auris – what is it, why is it important, what to do.
    Learning Objectives: Describe the importance of identifying, managing, and preventing the spread of C.auris. 
  1. “Agents of Interest”
    Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023
    Time: 1:30 PM EST   
    Topics: Agents of interest, patient risk factors for infection viral Upper Respiratory Infection (URI), adenovirus [conjunctivitis], norovirus and bacteria (e.g., group A streptococcus, non-susceptible S. pneumoniae, other Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs), and Clostridium difficile).
    Learning Objectives: Evaluate the patient risk factors and organisms of particular interest in your setting. 
  1. “Stay Sharp”
    Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
    Time: 1:30 PM EST 
    Topics: Visitor safety, new employee screening, prevention of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. 
    Learning Objectives: Apply safe practices for visitor and employee screening and the prevention of bloodborne pathogen exposure.