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Using Infection Control to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

Find out how effective infection control in health and social care can tackle the global risk of antimicrobial resistance.

10,410 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Get practical guidance on infection control in health and social care settings

This online course will explore the growing problem of antimicrobial-resistant infections in health and social care settings.

You’ll find out how infectious diseases are acquired and spread, and how this contributes to the global risk of antimicrobial resistance.

The course will enable you to understand why effective infection control measures will allow us to combat the growing problem of antimicrobial resistant infections. It will also offer practical guidance on how to protect patients, clients and residents from acquiring healthcare-associated infections.

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  • Week 1

    The global threat of antibiotic resistance

    • Introduction to the course

      In the introductory steps of the course we will introduce the educators and give you the opportunity to let us and the other learners know what you want to get out of the course.

    • The global problem of antimicrobial resistance

      As drug-resistant strains of infectious bacteria continue to develop in this activity we investigate how good hygiene is essential in order to reduce infection.

    • Introducing microbes

      In this activity we explain what microbes and pathogens are, and the diseases they cause. We also give you opportunity to discuss your own experiences relating to infection.

  • Week 2

    Combatting antibiotic resistance (general)

    • Introduction to Week 2

      This week we will look at infections in the workplace, transmission of infection and infection control.

    • Infections in the workplace

      In this activity we learn how the 18th century GP and obstetrician Alexander Gordon realised that he was the cause of infection to his patients. We then discuss the roles of those in the modern workplace to prevent infection.

    • Transmission of infection

      In the next few steps we look at how infection is actually transmitted and explore the difference between an outbreak of an infection and an epidemic.

    • Infection control

      In this activity we reinforce that disease prevention and control is much more effective than the reliance on antibiotics. We describe signs of potential outbreaks and consider our own risk of picking up or passing on infections.

  • Week 3

    Combatting antibiotic resistance (personal)

    • Introduction

      In this week we will look at preventing antimicrobial infection, learn about good hand hygiene, combating antimicrobial infections and using antibiotics safely to combat infection.

    • Preventing antimicrobial infection

      In the following steps we look at standard practices for preventing and controlling infection, and we look at the role the surgeon Joseph Lister had in changing the way we think about infection.

    • Good hand hygiene

      We all know that washing our hands thoroughly is essential to stop the spread of infection, but this is not always adhered to. In the following steps we investigate why.

    • Combating antimicrobial infections

      In this activity we look at how good surveillance data lies at the heart of managing epidemics. We also explore the potential side effects of vaccines.

    • Using antibiotics safely to combat infection

      In this activity we look at why is it important to finish a course of antibiotics.

    • End of course summary

      In this final activity of the week we test what you have learnt from the course, and give you the opportunity to discuss the topics covered.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the growing global problem of antimicrobial resistance and its significance in a health and social care settings
  • Discuss how infections and antimicrobial resistance can be acquired and spread in health and social care settings
  • Discuss the microbiological aspects of antimicrobial infection
  • Identify, develop and design practical steps to protect, patients, residents, clients and health/social care staff from infections

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for health and social care professionals who are involved in the day-to-day care of clients, residents and patients.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Professor of Microbiology Education and Engagement with a keen interest in the growing problem of Antimicrobial Resistance.

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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