Acute Respiratory Infection prevention and control for healthcare workers

Concise description:
MOOC: Infection Prevention and Control of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) for healthcare workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
This course includes nine units with animated and interactive scenarios, first introducing specific risk situations that healthcare workers have faced daily during the pandemic. After the introduction of the risks, preventive measures are presented following the Hierarchy of Control approach. Scenarios range from Primary Health Care to the Emergency Room of a hospital, hospitalization itself, the Intensive Care Unit and the laboratory
Learning objectives
At the end of the module, the participants will be able to:
• name and identify the general pathophysiologic mechanisms of ARIs thus recognizing the grounds and purposes of specific prevention and control measures
• describe and categorize ARIs prevention and control measures and strategies (e.g., engineering, and administrative measures, PPE) in the different healthcare-related contexts according to the risk
• design a practical skill teaching plan based on the knowledge acquired with a view to its dissemination (optional)
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Original Authors:
Center for International Health (CIHLMU), LMU München Germany
Original affiliation, ownership:
LMU München Germany
Year of publication:
Charge for use or free:
Free of charge
Biological Healthcare & Social Assistance Infectious, Blood & Immune diseases Occupational and Work-Related Diseases Respiratory diseases
Target group(s):
  • Workers or managers; or in vocational training
  • graduate students
  • non-OSH-expert professionals
  • OSH experts; or in training
Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:
Fully useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training
If all requirements are met, the system automatically generates a certificate
Time demand to complete the lesson or course:
Round 15 hours

The current COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk of infection for vulnerable individuals and healthcare workers. Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) has proven to be a key aspect in the fight against the pandemic worldwide. This module offers you animated and interactive scenarios introducing specific risk situations that healthcare workers have faced daily during the pandemic. These scenarios range from Primary Health Care to Emergency Room of a hospital, hospitalization itself, Intensive Care Unit, laboratory, among others. These scenarios include the Hierarchy of Control approach by reducing the risk through substitution or isolation of the hazard, engineering controls, administrative controls, and the use of Protective Personal Equipment (PPE).

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