CE/CME objectives

After reading each issue of Hospital Infection Control, the infection control professional will be able to do the following:

• identify the particular clinical, legal, or educational issue related to epidemiology;

• describe how the issue affects nurses, hospitals, or the health care industry in general;

• cite solutions to the problems associated with those issues, based on guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or other authorities, and/or based on independent recommendations from clinicians at individual institutions. 


CE/CME questions

13. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has taken a huge step in speeding the transition to needle safety devices by deciding to enforce regulations from which agency?

A. Food and Drug Administration

B. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

C. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

D. Environmental Protection Agency


14. Ruth Carrico, RN, MA, CIC, director of infection control at the University of Louisville (KY) Hospital, cited which of the following concerns about the move to needle safety devices?

A. Coming into compliance without undermining strapped hospital budgets.

B. Conventional needle devices are still used during basic medical training.

C. Hospitals have to try to overcome workers’ established behavior.

D. all of the above


15. New Jersey infection control professionals who developed a water disaster plan emphasized that unopened bottled water can be kept indefinitely, so one-time stocking is all that is needed to be prepared.

A. true

B. false


16. In the event of a water contamination problem, ICPs should focus their surveillance on waterborne pathogens such as which of the following?

A. methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

B. hepatitis C virus

C. cryptosporidium

D. all of the above