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New initiative launched in fight against MRSA

The Training Foundation has launched a new online course, 'MRSA – you can make a difference', to help in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection.

Rather than focusing purely on preventative measures and procedures, the course provides an opportunity to identify and discuss issues which prevent those measures being put into practice, and at the same time reinforces the actions that every individual can take ‘to make a difference’. The course has been designed in close collaboration with infection control professionals in the field and is accredited by the Infection Control Nurses Association (ICNA).

Les Hobbs, Director of Learning Solutions at The Training Foundation said: "Today’s report from the National Audit Office shows that, despite procedures and training in infection control being widely available, MRSA presents an increasing threat. Surveys of healthcare staff indicate that often simple measures are not being consistently implemented. We therefore decided to design this course in a different and unique way. Our short, online course brings these issues into the open, makes it clear to staff that they can make a real difference as individuals and, indeed, motivates them to make behavioural adjustment where any adjustment is necessary".

"The Training Foundation’s online course, MRSA – you can make a difference has been approved by our Education Committee", said Chris Perry, Chairperson of the ICNA. "We believe it will be a very useful tool for Infection Control Nurses to use in their battle against MRSA and other Healthcare Associated Infections."

The one-hour course is designed for all those who come into regular contact with patients. The online course will be available to staff via their internal network, or on the Internet. For those without such access the course can be supplied pre-loaded onto wireless tablet PCs.

The course is designed to be a learning resource to assist IC nurses train others and to help them motivate any behavioural adjustment as may be individually required. It is aimed at complementing routine infection control training rather than replacing it and may be used as a standalone awareness course or as part of a wider learning programme with follow up discussion or review sessions.

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