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Infectious diseases (IDs) kill more people worldwide than any other single cause. Globally, infectious diseases are responsible for more than 25% of all deaths, second only to cardiovascular disease. Millions more individuals are affected by the most common types of infectious diseases which can have both short- and long-term health consequences. Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. The diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases of animals that can cause disease when transmitted to humans.
Each year, lives are lost due to the spread of infections in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Infection control procedures are a vital part of health care and patient safety measures used by every member of the healthcare team both in the United States and globally.
Influenza (commonly called the “flu”) is a highly contagious respiratory disease that strikes all ages and can cause significant illness and death. Striking hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide every year, this disease can be prevented using a combination of techniques. This course will review influenza virus symptoms, treatment, and prevention methods.
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs. Globally, it is the leading killer of children under the age of 5 years. It is also common in the United States. There are several types of pneumonia, depending on the type of germ (bacteria, virus, or fungi) that causes it.
Despite advances in their treatment and prevention, tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug-resistant TB, or MDR-TB remain two of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases. An ancient disease found in Egyptian mummies, TB and MDR-TB are increasingly difficult to treat, due, in part, to the emergence of drug-resistant strains of the disease and the resources necessary to fight the disease.
Hepatitis A, B, and C are viruses that affect millions of individuals throughout the world. They affect the liver and have a variety of etiologies and mechanisms of transmission. All forms of hepatitis can have significant economic and social consequences since infected individuals can take weeks or months to recover and return to school, work, or their daily lives. Long-term consequences of the viruses vary but can include serious, chronic health consequences including cirrhosis and liver cancer. Prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment are essential in preventing the spread of these diseases.
Since they were first described in 1981, more than a quarter of a century ago, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) remain a persistent and widespread threat to the health, well-being, and human potential of individuals in the United States and across the globe. Causing fear, guilt, and accusations, weakening the immune system and potentially leading to numerous infections, cancers, or death, HIV and AIDS remain international health issues. They require that health care providers be knowledgeable about the complex clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, as well as address ethical, cultural, and empowerment issues, and implement evolving infection control guidelines.
For many people, animals are an important part of their lives, providing valuable social bonds, emotional support, and joy. Pets and other animals can contribute to a healing environment with their companionship, assistance, sensory stimulation, need for exercise, sense of calmness, and level of acceptance that is often difficult to find from any other source. Yet many diseases can be spread from pets to people. These diseases, called zoonoses, can involve bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections. People can also infect pets, as well. Maintaining a healing environment for all includes the prevention of infections from our pets and other animals.
In the United States, ticks carry many different pathogens that can cause a variety of human diseases. One of the most common of these is Lyme disease. Many tickborne diseases are challenging to diagnose because their symptoms imitate other common illnesses. The prevention of tickborne disease involves avoidance of tick-infested areas, the appropriate use of proper clothing, and insect repellents.
Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) present an ever-present threat to the health and livelihood of individuals, families, communities, and countries all over the world. The greatest burden of EIDs lies in developing countries and with infants and children who are the most vulnerable to these infections and the long-term consequences of their presence.
The goal/outcome of this certificate program is for the learner to gain a solid foundation of knowledge about basic infection control principles as well as describe how to recognize, treat, and prevent some of the most common (and often deadly) infectious diseases.
Certificate Objectives - Upon completion you will be able to do the following:
- Describe basic infection control principles and methods of prevention.
- Explain the types of influenza, symptoms, methods of transmission, treatment modalities, and preventive measures.
- Describe pneumonia symptoms, methods of transmission, treatment modalities, and preventive measures.
- Describe tuberculosis symptoms, methods of transmission, treatment modalities, and preventive measures.
- Discuss the types of hepatitis, symptoms, methods of transmission, treatment options, and preventive measures.
- Identify how to identify, manage, and prevent HIV/AIDS.
- Describe types of zoonoses, causes, symptoms, and preventive measures.
- Discuss the types of tickborne diseases and how to prevent them.
- Identify emerging global infectious diseases and their causes, symptoms, and prevention strategies.
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Criteria for Successful Completion
Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course Evaluation Form.
Certificate of Completion is provided for individual courses once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.
Certificate of Completion is provided for certificate programs once all of the courses within the certificate program have been successfully completed per criteria above.
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Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Caroline Young, MPH
November 1, 2018
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