PROJECT FIRSTLINE
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PROJECT FIRSTLINE
TRAINING

Up-to-date IPC training is essential for your safety and the safety of your patients. Complete our free, comprehensive online curriculum to expand your knowledge of IPC guidelines, COVID-19 precautions, and best practices. Learn more about the science behind these guidelines and earn CNE credit. Courses cover a wide range of topics across all roles and settings so you and your team can apply best practices wherever you work.

The on-demand training courses offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were developed for all healthcare professionals. If you wish to receive nursing contact hours for your viewing of the content, you must create an account within the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online (TCEO) site. You will be able to see any courses available for continuing nursing education; however, you will not be able to register to receive CNE credit until you sign into TCEO. Click here to create an account in TCEO.

EXPLORE TOPICS

The Basics

This educational activity is made up of four (4) episodes designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them. The four (4) episodes that make up this activity (created May 2021) are as follows:

  • Episode 1: What’s the Goal of Infection Control?
  • Episode 2: SARS-CoV-2? COVID-19? What’s the Difference?
  • Episode 3: What’s a Virus?
  • Episode 5: How Do Viruses Make You Sick?
VISIT COURSE

This educational activity is made up of three (3) episodes (created July 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on environmental cleaning and disinfection. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them.

  • Episode 16: Cleaning? Disinfection? What’s the Difference?
  • Episode 20: Why do Cleaning and Disinfection Matter in Healthcare?
  • Episode 22: Why Does Contact Time Matter for Disinfection?
VISIT COURSE

This educational activity is made up of four (4) episodes (created August 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on ventilation, source control, and hand hygiene.

  • Episode 17: What is Ventilation?
  • Episode 18: Why Does Ventilation Matter?
  • Episode 23: What is Source Control?
  • Episode 21: Do We Really Have to Talk About Hand Hygiene? Again? Yes!
VISIT COURSE

This educational activity is made up of five (5) episodes (created August 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on how COVID-19 spreads. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them. The five (5) episodes that make up this activity are as follows:

  • Episode 4: What’s a Respiratory Droplet? Why Does It Matter?
  • Episode 6: How Do Viruses Spread from Surfaces to People?
  • Episode 24: How Can COVID-19 Spread When You Don’t Feel Sick?
  • Episode 19: What Do New COVID Strains Mean for Infection Control?
  • Episode 7: How does COVID-19 spread? A Review
VISIT COURSE

PPE

This educational activity is made up of four (4) episodes (created June 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on important personal protective equipment (PPE), including eye protection, gloves, and gowns. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them.

  • Episode 9: What is PPE?
  • Episode 10: Why is eye protection recommended for COVID-19?
  • Episode 11: Why are gloves recommended for COVID-19?
  • Episode 12: Why are gowns recommended for COVID-19?
VISIT COURSE

This educational activity is made up of three (3) episodes (created June 2021) designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on important personal protective equipment (PPE): respirators. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them.

  • Episode 13: What is a respirator?
  • Episode 14: What is an N95?
  • Episode 15: How should I test the seal on my N95?
VISIT COURSE

Vaccination Safety

Nurses and their healthcare colleagues administer injections on a regular basis. This module informs and refreshes your knowledge on precautions and best practices to prevent infection before, during, and after injections.

Why is this course important to you?

Injected medicines are commonly used in healthcare settings for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various illnesses. Unsafe injection practices put patients and healthcare providers at risk of infectious and noninfectious adverse events.

VISIT COURSE

Multi-dose vials efficiently deliver important medications and vaccines to clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare settings in large volumes. As a nurse, you need to understand how to mitigate the risks associated with this packaging to prevent infections.

Why is this course important to you?

Multi-dose vials are more susceptible to contamination when compared to single-dose vials. This is because multi-dose vials contain more than one dose of a medication, may be used for more than one person, and are accessed multiple times to draw doses of a medication. Each entry into the vial increases the risk of carrying pathogens into the medication or solution. If the multi-dose vial becomes contaminated, pathogens may easily spread from one person to the next person. To keep patients safe, there are important infection control steps to take when using multi-dose vials.

VISIT COURSE
This educational activity is made up of two (2) episodes designed to prepare frontline healthcare personnel and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, focusing on important injection safety actions to take when using multi-dose vials. This series of trainings is intended to present not just the recommended infection control practices, but the science and reasoning behind them.

  • Episode 8a: How do I safely use a multi-dose vaccine vial? Part One
  • Episode 8b: How do I safely use a multi-dose vaccine vial? Part Two
VISIT COURSE

Long-Term Care

This course will provide infection prevention and control (IPC) training for individuals responsible for IPC programs in nursing homes so they can effectively implement their programs and ensure adherence to recommended practices by front-line staff. The course will include information about the core activities of an effective IPC program, with a detailed explanation of recommended IPC practices to prevent pathogen transmission and reduce healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance in nursing homes. Additionally, this course will provide helpful implementation resources (e.g., training tools, checklists, signs, and policy and procedure templates).

  • Module 1: Infection Prevention & Control Program
  • Module 2: The Infection Preventionist
  • Module 3: Integrating Infection Prevention and Control into the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Program
  • Module 4: Infection Surveillance
  • Module 5: Outbreaks
  • Module 6a: Principles of Standard Precautions
  • Module 6b: Principles of Transmission-Based Precautions
  • Module 7: Hand Hygiene
  • Module 8: Injection Safety
  • Module 9: Respiratory Hygiene and Cough Etiquette
  • Module 10a: Indwelling Urinary Catheters
  • Module 10b: Central Venous Catheters
  • Module 10c: Infection Prevention during Wound Care
  • Module 10d: Point-of-Care Blood Testing
  • Module 11a: Reprocessing Reusable Resident Care Equipment
  • Module 11b: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Module 11c: Water Management Program
  • Module 11d: Linen Management
  • Module 12a: Preventing Bacterial Respiratory Infection
  • Module 12b: Tuberculosis Prevention
  • Module 12c: Preventing Viral Respiratory Infection
  • Module 13: Occupational Health Considerations for the Infection Prevention and Control Program
  • Module 14: Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes
  • Module 15: Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship Considerations During Care Transitions
  • End of Training Plan Verification and CE Information
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The Project Firstline program is a national training collaborative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with ANA and the American Academy of Pediatrics, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.

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Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline health care workers and public health personnel. ANA is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this webpage do not necessarily represent the policies of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

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