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Prevention of Transmissible Infections


The rapidly changing health care environment presents health care personnel with continual challenges in the form of newly recognized pathogens and well-known microorganisms that have become more resistant to today’s therapeutic modalities. Protecting patients and health care practitioners from potentially infectious agent transmission continues to be a primary focus of perioperative registered nurses (RNs). The prevention and control of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) requires that all health care organizations implement, evaluate, and adjust efforts to decrease the risk of transmission.

This course guides perioperative RNs in minimizing the risk of transmitting infections.

Topics include:

  • standard precautions and transmission-based precautions (ie, contact, droplet, airborne)

  • bloodborne pathogens

  • personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • health care-associated infections

  • multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs)

  • immunization

  • activities of health care workers with infections

  • exudative lesions

  • nonintact skin


After successfully completing this module, the perioperative RN will be able to identify safe nursing practices to implement when caring for patients with transmissible infections and to reduce the risks of spreading infection in the perioperative setting.


  • Identify modes of transmission of organisms found in the perioperative environment.

  • Identify ways to minimize the spread of infection in the perioperative environment.

Course Requirements

To receive 2.2 contact hours for this course, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course contains 68 questions.

Contact Hours

The 2.2 contact hours for this course will expire December 1, 2015.

Ordering Information 

Funded through the AORN Foundation and supported by a grant from PDI. 

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AORN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on accreditation.

AORN is provider-approved by California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13019.


This program is approved for 2.2 hours of AEU credit by BASC Provider #0102.


AORN recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply that AORN or the American Nurses Credentialing Center approves or endorses products mentioned in the activity.

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice


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