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Course type: Self-paced
Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.
Microbes are living organisms that can be beneficial, neutral or harmful to humans. A basic understanding of microbiology will allow you to recognize how your role as an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) person can help break the cycle of transmission, prevent health care-associated infections (HAI) and reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
In this course, you will learn about how disease-causing microbes, called pathogens, are classified, identified and transmitted. You will be introduced to basic microbiological principles, fundamental laboratory diagnostics and mechanisms by which microbes transmit and cause diseases.
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
- Define microbes and other microbiology terms;
- Describe the chain of infection;
- Describe the main groups of microorganisms;
- Discuss common multidrug-resistant organisms; and
- Describe basic laboratory diagnostics.
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