This module provides an overview of the importance of protecting oneself and others from disease-causing microorganisms, as students learn about microorganisms, asepsis, hand washing, basic equipment cleaning, autoclaving, personal protective equipment, sterile technique, and transmission-based precautions. Students practice donning and removing protective garments and working in an isolation unit.
In this activity, student will investigate how improperly cleaning your hands can leave many germs on their skin.
In this unit, students will learn about: disease and prevention as they define classes of microorganisms and the infectious diseases, learn the chain of infection and methods for disease prevention in a health care setting and practice procedures for cleansing hands and medical equipment.
4. Hand Cleansing
5. Cleaning Equipment
In this unit, students will learn about: standard precautions used to prevent disease in a health care setting as they practice procedures for donning and removing gowns, masks, eyewear, and non-sterile gloves.
1. Standard Precautions
3. Masks and Eyewear
4. Non-Sterile Gloves
In this unit, students will learn about: communicable diseases and transmission-based precautions as they practice procedures for donning and removing transmission-based garments and transferring linens and trash from an isolation unit.
1. Transmission-Based Precautions
2. Transmission-Based Garments
3. Isolation Units
In this unit, students will learn about: sterile fields and handling sterile packages. They learn the procedure for donning and removing sterile gloves.
1. Sterile Field
2. Sterile Gloves
In this activity, students will journal about: the chain of infection; the differences between clean, disinfect, and sterile; why it is important for health care workers to frequently clean their hands. A class discussion can follow.
In this activity, student demonstrate how to properly wash their hands to eliminate microorganisms.
In this activity, students collect microorganisms from common objects and observe their growth over several days using petri dishes.
In this activity, students create a poster depicting strategies for breaking the chain of infection based on their research of sanitation and disinfection.