INFECTION PREVENTION & CONTROL IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB725030
Module Leader Valerie Ness
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
Trimesters
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

None

Summary of Content

This module is designed for practitioners who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in infection prevention and management in healthcare. Students will be encouraged to engage with underpinning knowledge from the disciplines of epidemiology, microbiology, infection prevention, health protection and public health. Students will explore the contemporary issues, current successes and need for action at local, national and global levels to prevent, treat and control infections worldwide.

Syllabus

b7 Drivers for Infection Prevention & Control & implications for Health Protection -360b7 Infective organisms and routes of transmission b7 Identification and surveillance of infections b7 Strategies for managing antimicrobial resistance b7 Managing outbreaks b7 Quality Improvement strategies for Infection prevention & control at local, national and international levels and in different settings

Learning Outcomes

On successfull completion of this modules the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of epidemiological, microbiological, infection prevention, health protection and public health principles that enables the student to critically evaluate current research and practice regarding the prevention, treatment and control of infections worldwide.2. Explore and critically evaluate evidence that underpins the effective development and delivery of infection prevention and control practice in different global contexts.3. Evidence critical awareness of the contemporary challenges, current successes and need for advancement in the prevention, treatment and control of infections worldwide. 4. Reflect on their own practice and sphere of influence to identify areas within their own practice which could enhance infection prevention and control strategies and work effectively with other individuals, teams and agencies to achieve this.5. Through active engagement, demonstrate a critical, analytical and evaluative approach to their personal learning and development in the field of infection prevention and control practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered either fully online via GCU Learn or using a blended approach of face to face and virtual learning environments The main activities carried out by students are directed and independent study to develop knowledge and skills relating to the module syllabus. The teaching and learning strategies employed include: lectures/video lectures, synchronous and asynchronous discussion and webinars. Self-directed study to engage the students in the key concepts which will be encouraged through guided activities and directed learning. A case study approach will be used to engage the students in active learning and allow them to apply the theoretical knowledge to practice. Students will then be able to select a case, relevant to their own interest and area of practice, for their assessment. A required formative oral presentation, discussing the context of their selected case study, will allow for timely feedback (peer and academic) in preparation of their summative submission.

Indicative Reading

ALLENGRANZI, B., et al., 2011. Burden of endemic health-care-associated infection in developing countries: systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet. 377(9761), pp.228-241. DAMANI, Z., 2011. Manual of Infection Prevention and Control. 3 rd ed. Oxford Scholarship. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL., 2013. Point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals 2011-2012. [viewed 17 th January 2017]. Available from: <http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications/_layouts/forms/Publication_DispForm.aspx?List=4f55ad51-4aed-4d32-b960-af70113dbb90&ID=865> EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL., 2014. Point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in European long-term care facilities. May-September 2010. [viewed 17 th January 2017]. Available from: <http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications/_layouts/forms/Publication_DispForm.aspx?List=4f55ad51-4aed-4d32-b960-af70113dbb90&ID=1086> EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL., 2015. Annual epidemiological report 2014 - Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections. [viewed 17 th January 2017]. Available from: <http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications/_layouts/forms/Publication_DispForm.aspx?List=4f55ad51-4aed-4d32-b960-af70113dbb90&ID=1292> GLOBAL BURDEN OF DISEASE 2013 MORTALITY AND CAUSES OF DEATH COLLABORATORS <javascript:void(0);>., 2015. Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 385(9963), pp.117-171. MONEY, N.P., 2014. Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. WESTON, D., 2008. Infection Prevention and Control: Theory and Practice for Healthcare Professionals. Wiley-Interscience. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION., 2015. Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance. [viewed 17 th January 2017]. Available from: <http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/193736/1/9789241509763_eng.pdf?ua=1> WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION., 2016. Antimicrobial resistance: A manual for developing national action plans. [viewed 17 th January 2017]. Available from: <http://www.who.int/drugresistance/action-plans/manual/en/> WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION., 2017. Guidelines on core components of infection prevention and control programmes at the national and acute health care facility level. [viewed 17 th January 2017]. Available from: <http://www.who.int/gpsc/ipc-components-guidelines/en/>

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development b7 Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning b7 Develop communication skills; written, oral and listening b7 Demonstrate an ability to contribute to professional discussion b7 Work effectively with others b7 Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice b7 Develop enhanced awareness of connections between knowledge, skills and values in relation to self and others b7 Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 94.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Case Study n/a 100.00 50% Case Study (2500 words)