Infection Prevention Control

This course is about the protection of all, service users, service providers and the wider community. HSE research shows that cases of occupationally acquired infections are increasing and that numbers reported are considerable underestimates because most infections will only be reported if they require medical attention. Many secondary infections are mild and people get better without any need for medical treatment.


  • Explain the need for infection prevention
  • Outline and describe a range of micro-organisms capable of causing infections.
  • Define infection and describe the “chain of infection”
  • Explain and practice a range of infection prevention procedures, including hand
  • Decontamination and standard precautions.
  • Link individual and management responsibility to documentation and quality assurance procedures.
  • List relevant legislation applicable to work in a care setting.
  • State sources of useful additional information. 



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