The Infection Prevention And Control

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The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Program is an essential force maximizing quality, patient centered care, and safety throughout the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS). The VANTHCS “... is a progressive health care provider in the heart of Texas ... we serve more than 117,000 Veterans and deliver 1.4 million outpatient episodes of care each year to Veterans in 38 Texas counties and two counties in southern Oklahoma” (“VA North Texas,” 2016, para. 1). The purpose of the IPC Program is to guide a facility-wide approach toward identifying, preventing, controlling, and eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This approach is facilitated through infection control (IC) practitioner’s role-modeling behaviors of assessing, supporting, guiding, and/or directing healthcare providers (HCPs) in the application of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to prevent HAIs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HAIs are often preventable adverse events that pose a major threat to patient safety (“Centers for Disease,” 2016). As a result, IC practitioners recognize the importance of preparing nurse faculty to engage clinical staff in the application of EBPs to prevent infections. IC Model Overview and Purpose The IC Model will be designed to prepare nurse faculty to teach clinical staff the fundamental principles of IPC focusing on the chain of infection (COI), transmission routes, standard precautions, transmission-based precautions, donning/doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE), and post-exposure management (PEM) procedures. The purpose of the IC Model is to provide faculty a comprehensive overview of IPC strategies based upon scientific evidence, which can be incorporate... ... middle of paper ... ...attern depict Kolb’s four-stages of continuous learning. Whereas, the five red arrows in the center of the model indicate faculty’s desire to progress from that of a novice to an expert. Cooley and De Gagne (2016) suggest that novice faculty often face significant challenges teaching other’s due to their lack of experiences. According to the author’s, novice faculty must strive to acquire a vast amount of new knowledge, which requires sufficient time, guidance, and support to progress from that of a novice to an expert clinician (Cooley & De Gagne, 2016). By integrating Kolb’s and Benner’s theories, IC practitioners are promoting a continuous process of learning to support faculty’s movement from that of novice by way of engaging in concrete experiences, reflective observation, and active experimentation in order to gain clinical expertise (Benner, 1982; Kolb, 1984).
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