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Infection Prevention & Healthcare-Associated Infections

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About This Course

In this course, learn how healthcare-associated infections occur and strategies for preventing them. The specific epidemiology, pathogenesis and prevention of common pediatric healthcare-associated infections – ventilator associated pneumonia, catheter-associated infections, surgical site infections and urinary tract infections – are reviewed.

This course was developed by the OPENPediatrics program at Boston Children's Hospital, and provides Continuing Medical Education credit. To access the videos from this course for free, as well as hundreds of other resources on pediatric care, sign up for a free account on the OPENPediatrics site.


USD $50.00


Debra Morrow, RN, BSN, CCRN

Instructional Time

2 hours, 00 minutes

Course Format, Media and Technical Requirements

Self-paced, using text and video, with post-test assessments. Requires 80% or higher score to earn CME credit. Online course assessment. Requires Safari (v6 or higher), Chrome (v38 or higher), Internet Explorer (v11 or higher), or Firefox (v23 or higher).

Release/Review/Expiration Dates

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  • Learning Objectives

  • Define healthcare-associated infections and understand the modes of transmission for infectious agents
  • Describe the epidemiology, pathogenesis, categories and strategies for prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • Describe the role of hand hygiene in preventing healthcare-associated infections and identify methods to optimize hand hygiene behaviors
  • Describe key effective strategies for prevention of catheter-associated infections
  • Describe the epidemiology, pathogenesis, risk factors and strategies for prevention of surgical site infections
  • Describe the epidemiology, pathogenesis and strategies for prevention of urinary tract infections
  • Statement of Need/Target Audience

    Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a major preventable cause of morbidity, mortality and high healthcare costs worldwide. In the United States, an estimated two million patients are affected yearly, and countries with lower socio-economic status have a substantially higher incidence. The case fatality rates range from 2.3% to 35% depending on the setting and type of infection.1 The pediatric population is thought to have an equal or higher rate of HAIs as adults. This population is particularly vulnerable, as children may not be capable of implementing their own infection-prevention strategies (i.e. personal hygiene), may not display characteristic signs or symptoms of an infection, and may have immature immune systems.2 Providers need to have up-to-date knowledge on prevention strategies in order to avoid HAIs and their sequela.

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Specialty Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses in Specialty Areas
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1 Al-Tawfiq JA, Tambyah PA. Helathcare associated infections (HAI) perspectives. Journal of Infection and Public Health. 2014;7(4)339-344.

    2 Koutlakis-Barron I, Hayden TA. Essentials of infection prevention in the pediatric population. International Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2016;3(4):143-152.

    Accreditation/Designation Statements

    Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston Children's Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 2 ABP MOC Part 2 points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) Maintenance of Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP, ABIM and ABA MOC credit. This activity has been approved for 2 ABP MOC Part 2 points.

    Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at:

    The following Enduring Material: Infection Prevention & Healthcare-Associated Infeections meets the requirement for 2 Risk Management Credits proscribed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and defined in 243 CMR 2.06(5)(d) I.


    Debra Morrow, RN, BSN, CCRN

    Staff Nurse III, Infection Prevention Coordinator, Boston Children's Hospital


    In accordance with the disclosure policy of Boston Children's Hospital and the standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, course planners, speakers and content reviewers list below any relevant relationships they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients.

    Instructor Disclosures

    No disclosures to report:

    Debra Morrow, RN, BSN, CCRN

    Content Reviewers

    No disclosures to report:

    Maggie Geller, RN, CPHQ, Dr. Dennis Daniel, MD, Dr. Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH, Celeste Chandonnet, RN, BSN, CCRN, Crystal Tom, PharmD, BCPS

    Commercial and Financial Support Disclosure

    This program receives no commercial support.

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    1. Course Number

    2. Classes Start

      Aug 31, 2017
    3. Classes End

      Jan 01, 2031