Pathogen Transmission

Learning Objectives

Diarrheal Illness

At the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the role the environment plays in the pathogen transmission.
  • List the five moments to perform hand hygiene.
  • Discuss how symptom-based precautions can prevent the spread of infections.
  • Discuss Contact Isolation and when it should be employed.
  • Discuss ways healthcare professionals can transmit pathogens.

Respiratory Viral Illness

At the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the modes of transmission and the period of infectivity for common respiratory viruses, including influenza.
  • Identify appropriate transmission-based precautions for common respiratory viruses and accurately apply the use of personal protective equipment for a given scenario.
  • Recognize that annual influenza vaccination is recommended strategy for prevention of seasonal influenza and discuss common myths associated with influenza vaccination.

Airborne Infection

At the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify pathogens that require airborne isolation precautions.
  • Describe the rationale and the components of airborne isolation, specifically the airborne infection isolation room and airborne respiratory protection.
  • Discuss the particular strategies recommended to prevent the spread of tuberculosis and varicella-zoster virus in healthcare settings.
Course summary
Course opens: 
03/01/2019
Course expires: 
03/01/2021

Diarrheal Illness 

Matthew Linam, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Arkansas
No relevant financial disclosures

Respiratory Viral Illness 

Revising Authors:

Lead Author:

Jennifer Hanrahan, DO, MSc
Associate Professor
MetroHealth Medical Center
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Assisting Author:

Emily Martin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
University of Michigan School of Public Health
No relevant financial disclosures

Original Author:

Kerri Thom, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Airborne Infection

Jonathan Crews, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Baylor College of Medicine
No relevant financial disclosures

Available Credit

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
03/01/2019
Course expires: 
03/01/2021
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