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Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a major risk to patient safety. In the US, on any given day, 1 of every 25 inpatients has at least one HAI, resulting in significant health, social, and economic consequences.1 It is estimated that up to 70% of some types of HAIs are preventable through improved infection prevention and control (IPC) practices of health care providers.2
Additionally, antibiotic resistant infections and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases represent ongoing threats to population health.
Integrating IPC concepts and content in baccalaureate nursing education is crucial to ensure that nurses have the essential knowledge, skills and abilities to recognize, prevent and manage simple to complex infections across a variety of situations and settings.
It is important to understand how nursing students are being prepared for contemporary IPC practice. We conducted a review of the literature to identify IPC curricular concepts and content in prelicensure baccalaureate nursing education programs.
Infection Prevention and Control in Baccalaureate Nursing Education: Identifying Content, Teaching Strategies and Gaps, Department of Nursing
Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, Mary Lou and Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD, MPH, CIC, Monika, "Infection Prevention and Control in Baccalaureate Nursing Education: Identifying Content, Teaching Strategies and Gaps" (2017). College of Nursing Posters. 4.