This section covers IPC basics, including standard precautions and transmission-based precautions to protect both nurses and patients.
The Basic Science of Viruses
Explore the structure and composition of a virus. How do viruses work?
The Concept of Infection
The goal of infection control, for any disease, is to keep people from getting sick.
Controlling the Source of Viruses
Our breath contains a lot of water that can't usually be seen, called respiratory droplets, and can contain virus particles.
The Spread of Viruses from Surfaces to People
Viruses can spread in various ways through respiratory droplets on surfaces.
Practicing hand hygiene is a simple, but effective way to prevent infections.
How Viruses Spread
An infection occurs when germs enter the body, increase in number, and cause a reaction.
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
Preventing contamination between the environment and patients is critical to breaking the chain of infection.
Risk Associated with Nonsterile Glove Use
Gloves prevent contamination of healthcare workers’ hands and help reduce transmission of pathogens.
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