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CDC’s Project Firstline is infection control and prevention training specifically tailored for the healthcare workforce. This training is designed for non-licensed staff in the inpatient and outpatient setting, including hospitals, clinics, physician practices and nursing homes.

This training will be a valuable addition to your facility's infection control and prevention program and should be offered to nurse aides, environmental services, security, administrative, volunteer, EMS and any staff, paid or unpaid, that works in the healthcare environment.

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Upcoming webinars

Office hours 4Topic coming soon

Jan. 20 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Office hours will be an open forum to discuss topics such as:

  • feedback on training;
  • recommendations for future offerings;
  • group training strategies;
  • strategies to increase viewing of the recorded events; and
  • questions and answers from attendees.

Session 5How COVID-19 spreads: A review

Feb. 3 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Review the characteristics of respiratory droplets, and how droplets spread COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe one characteristic of respiratory droplets;
  • discuss the primary way that SARS-CoV-2 moves between people; and
  • explain one reason why infection control actions focus on keeping respiratory droplets out of the air and away from other people.

Office hoursTopic coming soon

Feb. 17 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Office hours will be an open forum to discuss topics such as:

  • feedback on training;
  • recommendations for future offerings;
  • group training strategies;
  • strategies to increase viewing of the recorded events; and
  • questions and answers from attendees.

Session 6:Environmental cleaning and disinfection

March 3 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

This session will discuss the importance of cleaning and disinfection in preventing illness and its spread. Attendees will take a deep dive on environmental cleaning and disinfection and learn methods for completing both.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe the difference between cleaning and disinfection; and
  • discuss why it is important to follow the instructions for disinfectant products.

Session 7:Source control in healthcare to prevent infections

April 7 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

This session will review the purpose of and how to deploy source control to prevent infections.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to explain:

  • how source control keeps germs from spreading; and
  • why source control for COVID-19 focuses on masking.

Past Webinars

Session 4How viruses spread from surfaces to people

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Jan. 6 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Learn about the importance of surfaces’ disinfection and cleaning and how infections are spread from surfaces to staff, patients and visitors.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe two ways viruses can spread from surfaces to people; and
  • explain one reason why good hand hygiene and environmental cleaning are important to keep germs from spreading in healthcare.

Office hoursCDC Project Firstline

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Dec. 16 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Office hours will be an open forum to discuss topics such as:

  • feedback on training;
  • recommendations for future offerings;
  • group training strategies;
  • strategies to increase viewing of the recorded events; and
  • questions and answers from attendees.

Session 3How respiratory droplets spread COVID-19

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Dec. 2 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Learn about the characteristics of respiratory droplets and how droplets spread COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe one characteristic of respiratory droplets;
  • discuss the primary way that SARS-CoV-2 moves between people; and
  • explain one reason why infection control actions focus on keeping respiratory droplets out of the air and away from other people.

Office hours Strategies for group training

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Nov. 17 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Office hours will be an open forum to discuss topics such as:

  • feedback on training;
  • recommendations for future offerings;
  • group training strategies;
  • strategies to increase viewing of the recorded events; and
  • questions and answers from attendees.

Session 2 The basic science of viruses

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Nov. 3 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Learn about the science of viruses and how infection control and prevention can reduce the spread of viruses and protect staff from contracting them.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • distinguish one core difference between SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19;
  • identify, and explain to others, the three main parts of a virus;
  • describe three steps showing how viruses use the cells of living things to make more copies of themselves; and
  • explain one reason why infection control actions focus on keeping respiratory droplets out of the air and away from other people.

Office hours Ways to increase staff engagement in the training

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Oct. 28 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Office hours will be an open forum to discuss topics such as:

  • feedback on training;
  • recommendations for future offerings;
  • group training strategies;
  • strategies to increase viewing of the recorded events; and
  • questions and answers from attendees.

Session 1 The concept of infection control training

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Oct. 7 | 9 - 9:30 a.m.

Our kick-off session will introduce Project Firstline and describe the importance of infection control and prevention. Participants will discuss why healthcare staff are asked to follow infection control and prevention strategies to keep themselves, patients, coworkers and the community safe by deploying methods aimed at reducing and preventing the spread of infections and viruses.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • articulate at least one primary goal of infection control; and
  • describe the target staff for Project Firstline infection control and prevention training.