Development of a Deployment Infection Control Course
Authors: Crouch, Helen K.; Murray, Clinton K.; Hospenthal, Duane R.
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 175, Number 12, December 2010 , pp. 983-989(7)
Abstract:ABSTRACTSince the beginning of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, multidrug-resistant bacteria have been noted to be infecting and colonizing combat casualties. Studies suggest the primary source of these bacteria is nosocomial transmission. A focus area for improvement has been to enhance infection control (IC) at hospitals in the combat theater. A 5-day IC course was developed and implemented to provide just-in-time training to those personnel who have been identified to lead IC efforts while deployed. Twenty-nine students have attended the first 6 offerings of this course. A pre- and post-course test showed an average 21% improvement in knowledge. A follow-up questionnaire provided to those students who deployed found the course had enhanced performance of their IC duties. We describe the deployment-unique training developed to provide basic IC, emphasizing the unique challenges found in the combat setting.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2010-12-01
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