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Infection Control


Overview & Objectives

Before the germ theory of disease was discovered by Louis Pasteur in 1861, some physicians were offended if it was suggested that they wash their hands after handling cadavers (all together now…“ewww”). Thankfully, times have changed. This inservice explores the origins of infection control, as well as the fundamental principles of infection control and standard precautions for hospice aides. It covers routes of transmission, bloodborne pathogens, infection prevention, and personal protective equipment (PPE) based on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. It is specific to hospice aides within their scope of practice and includes tips for optimizing their own immune health. The learning objectives for this module include the following:

  • Review the history of standard precautions
  • List routes of transmission and portals of entry for infections
  • Describe bloodborne pathogens and modes of transmission
  • Explain the fundamentals of standard precautions for infection control
  • Utilize self-care measures to enhance immune health


  • Learning Module
  • Brain Booster: Pathogen Particulars
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance