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.
Unit: Hand Washing
In this activity, student will investigate how improperly cleaning your hands can leave many germs on their skin.
Unit: Introduction to Infection Control
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
Unit: Standard Precautions
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
Unit: Transmission-Based Precautions
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
Unit: Sterile Technique
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
Unit: Reflection Questions and Discussion
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.
Unit: Hand Washing
In this activity, student demonstrate how to properly wash their hands to eliminate microorganisms.
Unit: Observing Microorganism Growth
In this activity, students collect microorganisms from common objects and observe their growth over several days using petri dishes.
Unit: Chain of Infection Poster
In this activity, students create a poster depicting strategies for breaking the chain of infection based on their research of sanitation and disinfection.
Unit: Current Event
Students will review articles for information related to a topic in the module. Once an article is found, students complete a Current Event form.