Reflect on the impact the healthcare professional has on preventing healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Discuss the standard precaution guidelines that should be followed for infection control and prevention.

Describe three ways an infection might spread within a community setting. How could these infections be slowed or stopped?

Explain how the environment impacts the growth and spread of microbes. How can environments be controlled or altered to decrease the growth of microbes? Include at least three elements of the environment that can be controlled. Why is this important in preventing HAIs?

If a patient presents with cold/flu-like symptoms, what precautions should you take to prevent the spread? For this patient, the lab work determines a viral infection. The patient is adamant they are in need of antibiotic treatment. Explain how you would respond to this patient’s request.