The Certificate of Mastery in Infection Prevention and Control for Environmental Services Professionals (CMIP) is a robust certificate program that requires online pre-work and an in-person training session, along with an optional post-session capstone project/assessment.
- Apply up-to-date, evidence-based principles and practices effective in eliminating the transmission risk of pathogens.
- Meet CMS standards that require facilities to have trained persons in infection prevention related to the environment of care standard.
- Apply principles of epidemiology to the environmental assessment of risk and explore the associated practices that link infection prevention and the clinical environment of care.
This intensive 34-hour certificate program will provide Environmental Services leaders and professionals with the requisite knowledge to meet the CMS requirements for a "trained" professional in infection prevention and control specific to the clinical environment of care.
Three distinct phases comprise this comprehensive program which explores the most important topics in infection prevention. The curriculum is as follows:
- Introduction to Microbiology
- Introduction to Epidemiology
- Infection Prevention During Construction Projects
- Infection Prevention and Preparedness for Biological Events
- Critical Thinking
- Capstone Project
Microbiology is the study of tiny, microscopic organisms, known as microbes or microorganisms. Although much of this lesson focuses on harmful microorganisms prevalent in health care settings, not all microorganisms are bad. The treatment and prevention of the diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi have only been possible because of microbiology. In fact, antibiotics were discovered through microbiology, as were vaccines and other treatments.
As part of the study of microbiology, learners will explore how infection occurs and spreads. In this introductory lesson, we begin to provide the knowledge and information necessary for environmental services leaders to form effective partnerships across disciplines in their facilities to prevent and control the transmission of infections.
Epidemiology is the branch of science that investigates all the factors that determine the presence of diseases and disorders. Epidemiological research helps us to understand how many people have a disease, if those numbers are changing, and how the disease affects our society and economy.
In this lesson, we will learn to apply epidemiological principles to the prevention and control of infectious diseases.
The various environments of health care facilities make them likely settings for the spread of infections because these facilities bring together sick people who are both reservoirs and susceptible hosts. Health care workers are also both reservoirs and susceptible hosts. Because it is impossible to eliminate all reservoirs and susceptible hosts, it is extremely important to prevent the spread of infectious agents. This includes using standard precautions which are meant to reduce the risk of transmission of pathogens from both recognized and unrecognized sources, and transmission-based precautions when warranted in certain situations.
In this lesson, we take a deep dive into the use and application of standard, as well as transmission-based precautions. Note that cleaning and disinfection environmental surfaces are a key component of standard precautions.
Increasing numbers of health care facilities are faced with construction and renovation as hospitals consolidate to reduce costs and improve efficiency, defer care to ambulatory centers and satellite clinics, and create more "home-like" acute care settings.
Environmental disturbances associated with construction activities in or near health care facilities pose airborne and waterborne disease risks for patients and health care workers.
This session explores the unique challenges of infection prevention during construction and outlines the proper work practices necessary to prevent the transmission of infectious agents during construction, renovation, repair activities, and maintenance projects.
Preventing and controlling infection during biological and emergency events such as pandemics, bioterrorism attacks, outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases or even a mass influx of people is an ever-evolving process. Health care leaders must adequately prepare for these events to ensure that health care workers, as well as communities, recognize and respond to emergency events. It is also necessary for health care facilities to be prepared to handle the unique challenges associated with these events.
This module explores various scenarios and the thinking strategies needed for effective environmental services and infection prevention practice. Reasoning and judgment skills are applied in order to provide quality health care to patients, health care that avoids adverse events and patient harm. The ability to provide this safe, high-quality care and prevent the transmission of disease can be dependent upon your ability to reason, think critically, and make decisions, all of which can be limited by lack of knowledge and experience.
The goal of the Capstone Project is to provide an opportunity for the participant in the CMIP program to reflect on their learning experiences and demonstrate what they have learned. The ability to put knowledge into action is known as competence. The Capstone Project will serve as a demonstration of the participant's competence in addressing an infection prevention challenge.
Examples of a Capstone Project could include:
- Development of a video describing a challenge and a solution
- A training procedure or protocol
- A poster or graphic display of a problem, an intervention, and a result
- An environmental hygiene risk assessment
- A case-study or review of an outbreak investigation
- Development of a fishbone diagram depicting how a problem was dissected and resolved
Ruth M. Carrico
PhD MSN APRN FNP-C FSHEA CIC
Ruth M. Carrico PhD MSN APRN FNP-C FSHEA CIC is an Associate Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner with the University of Louisville School Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and is the founding Associate Director of the School of Medicine Global Health Initiative. Dr. Carrico has received training specific for healthcare epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).
Dr. Carrico has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and served as the editor for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) 2005, 2009 and the 2010 electronic version of the Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, the primary textbook for infection preventionists used worldwide. Dr. Carrico has also served on the APIC National Board of Directors.
As part of her work as an infection preventionist, Dr. Carrico has worked with acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient surgery centers and clinics, and physician and dental offices. At present, Dr. Carrico is responsible for the clinical operations at the University of Louisville’s Global Health Center which includes the Vaccine and International Health and Travel clinics as well as the Refugee Health and Immunization program.
In 2008, Dr. Carrico was appointed to the National Biosurveillance Subcommittee (NBS) Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2010 became a SHEA Fellow. In 2011, Dr. Carrico was appointed by Secretary Sebelius, to the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) for a three-year term In 2012, she was presented with the Carole DeMille Achievement Award by APIC, an honor for an Infection Preventionist. In 2013, Dr. Carrico was appointed to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases as the Board’s Nurse Planner and in 2014 became a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna. Dr. Carrico currently serves as the 2016 president of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC), the organization responsible for board certification for infection preventionists worldwide.