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When you practice infection control consistently and confidently, it can help stop the spread of disease in healthcare settings and save lives.
This is why you and all frontline healthcare providers can publicly pledge to take training through the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Project Firstline program.
Project Firstline is a training and education collaborative that provides all healthcare workers, no matter their role or educational background, with access to the infection control information they need to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers from infectious disease threats.
Here are five reasons to pledge to take at least one module:
1. You Can Help Close Knowledge Gaps
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted long-standing gaps in infection control knowledge and understanding among frontline healthcare workers.
Completing interactive, educational activities like those offered through CDC Project Firstline can help improve your infection control knowledge and provide valuable feedback in real time.
2. You Want to Protect Yourself
The best way to protect yourself from infections in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other healthcare settings is to understand and practice infection control procedures.
By keeping yourself safe, you can be available to do more for your patients and colleagues.
3. You Care About Others
Being up to date on infection control practices and guidelines can help you better protect your colleagues and patients from infectious diseases.
Together, you and your team can remain healthy and continue to serve communities that need your help the most—including the Latino community which was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. You Need Continuing Education Credits
Refreshing your infection control knowledge is crucial to your success and safety in the healthcare setting.
Moreover, CDC Project Firstline training modules are short and easy to understand, so you can quickly get back to serving your patients.
5. We Depend on You
As a frontline healthcare worker, you are our hero.
We look to you for guidance, and we put our wellbeing in your hands.
We believe that you have the power to stop the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and protect vulnerable patients and communities, such as Latinos!
“By digitally pledging to value and complete CDC Project Firstline training, you are committing to mitigating the effects of and preventing the spread of infectious diseases, like COVID-19, which has negatively impacted Latinos and all communities,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Salud America! program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.
What Can You Do to Promote Infection Control in Your Healthcare Setting?
CDC’s Project Firstline provides a variety of promotional and educational resources on infection control, including videos and shareable images, posters, and print materials. They also have facilitator toolkits to help healthcare workers lead trainings even if they are not an infection control expert.
Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio is working with the National Hispanic Medical Association to bring Project Firstline infection control educational content to healthcare workers, so they are equipped with the knowledge they need to protect themselves, their facilities, and their patients (Latinos and all communities) from infectious disease threats in healthcare settings.
You can read these articles:
- What is Project Firstline?
- What’s a Virus?
- How Does Infection Control Work on COVID-19 Variants Like Omicron?
- Contact Time: What is It and How Does it Impact Infection Control?
- The Surprising Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfection
- What’s a Respiratory Droplet and Why Does It Matter?
- Why Do Cleaning and Disinfection Matter in Healthcare?
- We Need to Talk about Hand Hygiene Again
- What is the Goal of Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings?
- The Intersection of Infection Prevention and Control and Healthcare Equity
- N95 Respirators: Everything You Need to Know
- How Do I Safely Use a Multi-Dose Vaccine Vial?
“Healthcare teams in hospitals, nursing homes, and other care settings are the front lines against the spread of infection,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio. “CDC’s Project Firstline is bolstering those efforts by developing evidence-based tools that can be delivered in a variety of ways to make infection control learning convenient and accessible for busy healthcare staff.”
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a collaboration between Salud America!, the National Hispanic Medical Association, and the CDC’s Project Firstline. To find resources training materials, and other tools to bolster knowledge and practice of infection control, visit Project Firstline and view Salud America!’s infection control content.