• National Resource for
    TB Infection Control

    Education and controls in health care sites are a critical component of efforts to prevent infection outbreaks.
  • National Resource for
    TB Infection Control

    TB infection control must be incorporated into the general infection control programmes of all facilities.
  • National Resource for
    TB Infection Control

    Current major concerns on outbreaks of resistant organisms are driven by multiple features of globalisation.
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Welcome

Current major concerns on outbreaks of resistant organisms are driven by multiple features of globalisation.  The quest for livelihoods and trade, as well as regional conflicts and endemic poverty has seen the volume and speed of human and animal population movement as well as the flow of organic materials within and across national and continental borders increase significantly, enabled exponentially by technological advances. At the same time legal and policy parameters and probably more importantly, actual practices, have lagged behind these changes, increasing individual and population exposure to the risks of infectious diseases. Education and controls in health care sites are a critical component of efforts to contain and prevent infection outbreaks.

The 2009 WHO HIV/TB National Review identified various challenges and weaknesses with respect to Infection Control practices in South African public facilities. Whilst there appeared to be a general awareness of the principals embedded in the international and national TB infection control guidelines amongst most people responsible for IC in the provinces, it found a general lack of insight into principles of TB IC at all levels. Particularly, basic administrative controls were not implemented effectively at most district health facilities

The conclusions pointed to the need for on going education programmes to train all levels of staff. The outcomes report recommended that TB infection control be incorporated into the general infection control programmes of all facilities. As a priority, the healthcare sector at all levels of service delivery should implement infection control training programmes and initiatives for healthcare and allied workers, infrastructure and maintenance staff as well as laboratory compliance to bio-safety.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria propose to develop an education, training and best practice implementation programme that aims at intervention in and prevention of infection. All aspects of the programme will be informed by appropriate research and development programmes.

Announcements

CSIR offers three short courses for airborne infection control management and conducting healthcare facility Airborne Infection Risk Assessments. The course varies induration, i.e. is a one-day, two-day, three-day and a five day course.

This is a course offered free of charge to the public health sector funded by the CDC. The course can be tailor made, depending on the request preference i.e. it can be offered on-site (at the area/facility from which the request was made, at local or provincial level.

Course Overview

TB infection control management is a challenge in South Africa. The National Department of Health together of other NGO's are working together to fight against the dreadful pandemic. Some of the challenges that were observed by the CSIR in South African Healthcare facilities are less functional TB programmes as a result of lack of resources and information at facility levels. This course hopes to equip provincial and district coordinators, facility managers and all facility staff involved in the facility's infection control, with the necessary information to help establish, strengthen and continuously improve effective TB infection control programmes.

The course is made up of four courses i.e. one, two, three-day and one week sessions which comprises of class lectures/presentations and practical sessions at facilities where possible. The classroom lectures will also include group work, group presentations and demonstrations of certain IPC activities and principles.

The scope of the course will be based on existing TB IPC measures which will be thoroughly explored. The main topics to be covered are General TB IPC, Administrative controls, Environmental controls, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Airborne Infection Risk assessment.

Participants

  • Infection control personnel
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Occupational health and safety personnel
  • Facility maintenance personnel
  • Environmental health practitioners
  • TB coordinators
  • Quality Assurance coordinators
  • Facility, district and provincial managers
  • Clinicians working in TB and HIV&AIDS programmes

 

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Explain Infection Control
  • Develop a facility specific TB infection control policy.
  • Design and describe facility specific administrative procedures for patients.
  • Design and describe facility specific administrative operating procedures for staff.
  • Develop a facility specific TB infection control policy.
  • Define and describe various environmental TB IPC measures.
  • Describe various ventilation and disinfection mechanisms for enclosed spaces.
  • Describe basic requirements for safe sputum collection.
  • Differentiate between natural and mechanical ventilation.
  • Describe how to conduct different measurements for airflow.
  • Define UVGI
  • List various types of RPEs
  • Describe contents of an effective respiratory protection programme.
  • Describe how to conduct a fit test and a fit check.
  • Explain steps to follow when donning a respirator.
  • Explain the HACCP process.
  • Describe how to conduct a risk assessment
  • Translate risk assessment outcomes into risk management plans
  • Develop M&E processes from the risk management plan

Download IPCP Course Overview 2014

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