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Certificate in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control for Health Care Professionals 2022

Course information:
Course name:Certificate in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control for Health Care Professionals 2022
QF level:QF4 (HKQF 18 credits)
(QR Registration No.: 21/000505/L4)
Validity period: from 1 September 2021
Mode of Attendance:Either Face-to-face (First-come-first-served) or Online Mode
Sub-Module 1:(Fridays) 14, 21, 28 Jan; 4, 11 Feb; Exam: 18 Feb (am) *
Sub-Module 2:(Thursdays) 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Mar; 7, 14 Apr; Exam: 21 Apr (am) *
Sub-Module 3:(Thursdays) 21 Apr (pm); 5, 12, 19 May ; Exam: 26 May (am) *
Duration:4.5 months
Time:09:00 – 17:00 *
Study Mode:Part-time
Venue:The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Main Campus
Delivery Language:Cantonese/English
Course Material:English
Key Features:• Includes clinical microbiology laboratory sessions and clinical visits*
• Award of 88.5 CNE points subject to satisfactory attendance*
• A rigorously reviewed programme that adheres to the strict quality assurance process of PolyU
Certification:students who have passed and completed the assessments of all three sub-modules, and attended at least 80% of the course will be presented with a Certificate awarded by PolyU.
Course Fee:Face-to-face class: HK$ 9000 (special offer#: HK$ 8500)
Online class: HK$ 8500 (special offer#: HK$ 8100)

#Special offer is available for:
  1. Early bird registration (by 26 Nov 2021)
  2. Staff or students of PolyU;
  3. Alumni of the School of Nursing, PolyU;
  4. Group registration of five or above

*In the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as a continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be necessary to move the teaching of the individual sub-modules online
*Subject to finalisation of arrangement, there may be minor changes in schedule

Learning Outcomes:
ILO-1:Describe the aetiology, transmission mechanisms and pathogenesis of common infectious agents in healthcare settings and the community.
ILO-2:Select and interpret appropriate infection control guidelines and practice safe infection control procedures during patient care.
ILO-3:Appraise the literature and integrate new developments in infectious diseases into daily practice including strategies for management of emerging diseases and their prevention and control.

Sub-Module 1: Contemporary infectious diseases
  1. Common infectious agents: bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa and helminth
  2. Laboratory diagnosis for infectious diseases
  3. Chain of infection, host defence mechanisms and the immune response to infectious diseases; Immunization programmes
  4. Emerging infectious disease: Zika virus infection, viral haemorrhagic fevers, pandemic influenza/Avian influenza
  5. Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens associated with healthcare-associated infections
  6. Common gastrointestinal tract infections
  7. Respiratory tract infections
  8. Airborne infections
  9. Antimicrobial stewardship
  10. Sexually transmitted diseases
  11. Blood-borne pathogens (Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS)
  12. Epidemiology of infectious diseases and outbreak investigation
  13. Infectious diseases in pregnancy and nursing management
  14. Common community-acquired infections
  15. Skin and soft tissue infections
  16. Sepsis
  17. Infections of the nervous system
Microbiology laboratory (Sub-module 1)
Demonstration of major pathogens, identification and culture, agar plate finger printing

Sub-Module 2: Infection Control Concepts & Practice

  1. History and overview of infection control
  2. Hand hygiene and personal protective equipment
  3. Preparedness and response to emerging infectious diseases
  4. Occupational health and safety in infection control
  5. The immune-compromised host and Infection control in the renal unit;
  6. Infection control for burn patients
  7. Isolation precautions
  8. Counselling of victims with exposure to blood-borne pathogens
  9. Environmental decontamination in the healthcare setting
  10. Prevention of device related infections
  11. Infection control in the operating theatre
  12. Infection control in construction and renovation in healthcare facility
  13. Support mechanisms and resilience enhancement for healthcare professionals during outbreaks of infectious disease
  14. Surveillance and data management in infection control
  15. Infection control for laundry and catering in healthcare, management of waste
  16. Reprocessing of patient care items
  17. Infection control in residential care homes for the elderly
  18. Case studies from the engineering perspective
  19. Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy
  20. Infection control in the neonatal intensive care and paediatric units
  21. The psychological impact of isolation

Clinical visit (Sub-module 2)
The overall objective of the visit is to provide course participants with an opportunity to make field observations on the setting, arrangement and workflow of units related to infection control to widen their knowledge in this area. The units to be visited will include isolation wards, the renal dialysis centers, laundry services and the central sterile supply department.

Sub-Module 3: Special Issues on Infectious Diseases and Infection Control

  1. Application of simulation training in infectious disease nursing
  2. Application of mathematical modelling in infection control
  3. Travel-related infections
  4. Post transplantation infection
  5. Biological agents as weapons of mass destruction
  6. Research in infection control and infectious disease prevention
  7. Law and ordinance related to infectious diseases in Hong Kong
  8. An overview of emerging zoonotic diseases in humans
  9. Building a new hospital: infection prevention and control perspective
  10. Infection control accreditation and continuous quality improvement
  11. Driving behavioural change in infection control

Students who have completed and passed the assessments, and attended at least 80 % of the course will be presented with a Professional Certificate awarded by PolyU.

Payment Methods for Course Fee:
Details of how to pay will be sent to you via email once we have received your registration.
Please note: According to the School's Refund Policy, course fees paid are normally not refundable, except cases of unsuccessful applications/ course cancellation. Fees paid and places allocated are not transferrable.

Miss Charis Tam
Email: sn.cic@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 2766 4132

Opens on 5 October 2021 (Tuesday)
Register now: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/pfs/index.php/557723?lang=en
To ensure the quality of our course, we have a limited quota, first-come, first-served!

Early bird (Registration & Payment): 26 November 2021 (Friday)
Registration: 23 December 2021 (Thursday)
Payment: 30 December 2021 (Thursday)