Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734 QQI/FETAC Level 5
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to prevent and control infection within the health services area.
Who should apply:
Anyone interested in working with the older person or healthcare environment.
Learners will be able to:
- Explain the basic principles of infection and the application of standard precautions in relation to infection control, to include the significance of an Area of Infection Control
- Discuss the importance of infection prevention and control in the healthcare area, in providing a healthy environment for patients, staff and visitors
- Summarise the various types of micro organisms, the elements required for the growth, spread and subsequent infection process, to include direct and indirect contact, knowledge of the chain of infection and the need for vigilance and safe practice at all times
- Analyse the predisposing factors to the development of healthcare-acquired infections to include contact precautions, respiratory precautions and enteric precautions
- Discuss the role and functions of the local infection control team members, to include local policy in relation to dress, staff health and travel associated infections
- Investigate the terms cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation to include cleaning standards, procedures and frequencies while paying special attention to decontamination of equipment, including patient care equipment
- Identify the main blood borne viruses which pose a threat and the methods that prevent the spread of infections
- Examine the role of antibiotics and the importance of correct and safe antibiotic use to avoid antibiotic resistance
- Differentiate between social hand hygiene, antiseptic hand hygiene and surgical hand hygiene to include the correct use of alcohol hand gels and the need for good personal skin care and efficient hand washing
- Implement the local terminal cleaning procedure in a range of settings, such as an isolation room, single use items and outbreak management
- Apply appropriate management of blood and body fluid spillages, to include policies for dealing with clean and soiled linen, the disposal of sharps and the correct management following inoculation, injury or accidental exposure to blood and body fluids.
Skills Demonstration 40% Learner Record 20% Exam 40%
Pass - 50-64% Merit - 65-79% Distinction - 80-100%
Following successful completion Kilmuckridge Centre of Further Education will offer a QQI/ FETAC Level 5 component in Infection Prevention and Control (5N3734) which is a Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Infection Prevention and Control(5N3734) is a component of Healthcare Support 5M4339 QQI/FETAC Level 5 Major Award.
Learners who successfully complete this programme may use the associated credits as a stand-alone qualification or as one component of a Major Award, with a view to moving up to the next level.