Course Details

MEDA 076 Principles of Infection Control and Sterile Technique

1 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 1.5 units
Grade Only

Description: This course provides an overview and application of current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policies and regulations and Standard Precautions related to infection control in the clinical setting. This course is designed to meet OSHA and blood-borne pathogen control for medical assisting and other allied health students who have potential exposure to infectious material such as blood, urine and other body fluids. The evolution of asepsis and infection control is presented as a basis for understanding the need for protection in health care and service environments. The application and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical and surgical aseptic handwashing techniques, disposal of biohazard material and other related topics is explored and practiced. This course also covers the differences between disinfection and sterilization. Students sterilize instruments, materials and equipment using a variety of methods and set-ups to maintain and work in a sterile field.