Presenter: Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP
Infection Control Practices have been evolving and advancing since the onset of the AID’s crisis of the 1980s. This course is designed to teach and review infection control practices required throughout all healthcare settings, and specifically as they apply to Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and other healthcare professionals. The presenter is an SLP with over 40 years of clinical experience.
Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 contact hour.
Course Overview – Run Time: 1:16:37
"Liked that this course had new information that I hadn’t heard before – it was beyond just the basics!"
– K.S., prior course participant
"I appreciated the examples provided from real-life experience and the discussion on precautions to take specifically related to a Speech-Language Pathologist's every day routine/tasks."
– E.K., prior course participant
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"Practical tips. I liked the discussion on precautions." S.K. (Nov. 2023)
"Well-organized course. I liked the rundown of transmission routes matched with specific diseases." S.N. (Nov. 2023)
"This, I must say, was well done! It was refreshing to take a course like this that discussed situations/materials we come across in Speech Pathology. I learned a few more specifics and terminology." N.P. (Sep. 2023)
"Good review of all areas. As an SLP that works with small children, the need to clean equipment more often was a beneficial topic." J.P. (Sep. 2023)
"Learning the specific names of the most common types of infections (to help me educate staff and peers) was beneficial. Also, the reminders to treat all clients as if they have an infection that could be transmitted to others is very important!" M.G. (Jun. 2023)
"The visuals were clear and concise and were directly related to the instructor's words. It helps me (personally) a LOT when the visuals and language truly compliment one another." M.G. (Jun. 2023)
"Discussing types of transmission was beneficial." V.R. (May 2023)
"I liked the specific infection control practices. And that the slides were all very readable - not packed with small print." K.C. (Apr. 2023)
"Great review. All content was beneficial!" M.K. (Mar. 2023)
"Excellent reminder of why we should always utilize good infection control practices." B.M. (Mar. 2023)
"Sequence of donning PPE was beneficial. This course was very organized." A.S. (Mar. 2023)
"Course was quick and information-packed. The information about infection control in pediatric settings was beneficial." N.C. (Mar. 2023)
"Learning ways to prevent nosocomial infections. I liked the clear explanations." S.B. (Jan. 2023)
"Easy to follow procedures for infection control." S.E. (Jan. 2023)
"Breaking the chain of transmission is very important and can happen at any point in the chain. The handout was easy to read and follow along during the course." K.W. (Dec. 2022)
"The information kept my focus throughout the course. Learning the overall importance of good hygiene practices while working with patients and how germs are easily spread in medical facilities." L.J. (Dec. 2022)
"Detailed examples from real-life practice. It was helpful to hear examples of unexpected infection transmission locations (i.e., handles under bathtub)." D.W. (Dec. 2022)
"Quick and easy to understand. Learning how to curb infections, procedures with hand washing, keeping ill people away, sanitizing equipment." J.N. (Nov. 2022)
"Sequence of donning and doffing PPE were an excellent review. Learning the various sources of infection, transmission, and spread were also beneficial." E.D. (Nov. 2022)
"Very informative and clearly presented. Thank you for the fine handout. Exam preview was a unique way to establish an increased understanding of key elements of the presentation." E.D. (Nov. 2022)
"Liked that I can complete this course on my own time." K.C. (Nov. 2022)
"Good review on infection prevention. The overall benefit of having this reminder." A.H. (Nov. 2022)
"Appreciated the practical measures discussed. I liked that there were speed options so that the information could be processed at an appropriate pace." M.B. (Oct. 2022)
"The outlining of when to wash hands and disinfect materials was helpful. Liked thoroughness of course." M.T. (Oct. 2022)
"Good reminders of hand hygiene, use of PPE, and wiping down equipment. The slides were easily readable; the presenter was very clear." K.F. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the flexibility of completing the course." L.B. (Oct. 2022)
"I would recommend this course." A.S. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the clear structure and organization of the course." H.W. (July 2022)
"Good review of all infection prevention protocols. Very well presented." B.S. (July 2022)
"Well organized and applicable." M.D. (July 2022)
"It was a good overall review. I liked the breadth of the material covered." R.D. (July 2022)
"Well organized and applicable to my practice. Good reminders for washing toys between sessions." M.D. (July 2022)
"I appreciated the review of donning PPE before entering and the removal procedures afterward as a reminder of the CORRECT way to do this. I liked that I could complete course at my own time and pace." E.S. (June 2022)
"Manipulative washing was very informative. I really liked that you offered the post test preview before hand and closed captions for the video." R.R. (May 2022)
"The course was very organized." J.G. (Apr. 2022)
"Liked the real-life examples to understand better the information and make it more entertaining." E.M. (Mar. 2022)
"ALL of it was helpful – to the point and informative." K.E. (Mar. 2022)
"The presenter was very knowledgeable about the subject, and presented the material in a clear, concise manner." J.B. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the relatable style of his teaching." C.S. (Jan. 2022)
"Presenter is clear, concise, with pertinent handouts; affords easier grasp of course content." R.A. (Dec. 2021)
"Perfect refresher to infection prevention. Precise and to the point." S.M. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked learning how things have changed over the years, and learning how certain precautions came into existence." C.M. (Dec. 2021)
“It was interesting learning about different infections and how they are transmitted.” K.F. (Oct. 2021)
"I liked all of it. I work in an outpatient facility but infection prevention is just as important here as it is in a hospital or nursing facility setting." L.H. (Sept. 2021)
"Complete information about all types of infections that could be present in our work environment." P.M. (Sept. 2021)
"I thought the slides with the transmission chains and how they are broken through parts of universal precautions was particularly useful!" M.C. (Sept. 2021)
“Very helpful topics of how to properly wash my hands and the importance of wearing protective gloves while being with a patient. I enjoyed learning at my own pace and having time to go back when I felt like I had missed something important.” A.O. (Aug. 2021)
"Well organized information and great slides. I enjoyed the review of modes of transmission." K.T. (Jul. 2021)
"Going over the importance of using precautions and reminding children to do the same - especially hand washing - was most beneficial. Good information and easy to follow." S.D. (Jun. 2021)
"I appreciated the examples provided from real-life experience and the discussion on precautions to take specifically related to a Speech-Language Pathologist's every day routine/tasks." E.K. (May 2021)
"The discussion of the proper way to protect ourselves when it comes to PPE and also how infections travel. It provided visuals which were very helpful." K.D. (May 2021)
"The instructor was very knowledgeable and provided facts to go alongside reasoning." K.A. (Apr. 2021)
“I work in an LTACH and especially with covid-19 - great reminders and further education. I liked the accessibility and content.” J.J. (Apr. 2021)
“Well done presentation – covered everything expected. This is a required course for Washington state DOH license and very hard to find course (this is the first one I’ve found in over 10 years).” M.S. (Mar. 2021)
“Liked that this course had new information that I hadn’t heard before - it was beyond the basics!” K.S. (Feb. 2021)
"The discussion on personal protective equipment was most beneficial. I liked learning main routes of infection and hepatitis differences." L.L. (Feb. 2021)
"The presenter made the course interesting by adding personal anecdotes or examples. I enjoyed the discussions on nosocomial infections, review of donning/doffing PPE, review of contact, droplet, airborne infections/precautions and their differences." L.F. (Jan. 2021)
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course
approval #37083. This eCourse is
offered at 0.1 CEUs, educational level
Intermediate, Applicable to any healthcare provider. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not
imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval #37083. This eCourse is offered at 0.1 CEUs, educational level Intermediate, Applicable to any healthcare provider. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Financial — Tom Franceschini is the presenter of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Tom Franceschini has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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Course Completion Timeframe:
You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
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Certificate of Completion:
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ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.
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Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Number of CEUs offered:
We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs:
NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
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