Preventing healthcare-associated respiratory tract infections

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2019.

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Duration: 02:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Registered nurses, Nursing students


Dinah Gould, Professor of nursing, School of Healthcare Science, Cardiff University, Cardiff.

Short description

Update your knowledge of respiratory tract infections and increase your understanding of the stategies used to prevent healthcare-associated respiratory tract infections in patients in acute care.

Detailed description

Respiratory tract infections have been identified as the most common healthcare-associated infection in acute hospitals. Patients most at risk are those who are critically ill, in particular patients who are mechanically ventilated. Ventilator-associated pneumonia can have serious consequences for patients, increasing morbidity and mortality rates, duration of ventilation and length of stay in intensive care. This learning module focuses on the prevention of healthcare-associated respiratory tract infections, and discusses strategies that staff can implement to minimise the risk of infection.


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