Infection Prevention and Control Course

The @YourSide Colleague® Infection Prevention and Control Course for First Nations was created in partnership with the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) with support from Health Canada- Saskatchewan Region. Infection prevention and control is a key component of providing safe quality care in any setting. This course was developed with and for First Nations care providers to be used as resource for the orientation of new staff and ongoing professional development. The course provides education content on the basics of infection prevention and control.


This course is divided into 4 Modules with a focus on content relevant to the various roles in the community including:

Module 1: Basic Infection Prevention and Control – All Learners
Topic 1:  Chain of Infection
Topic 2:  Breaking the Chain of Infection
Topic 3:  Hand Hygiene
Topic 4:  Cough Etiquette
Topic 5:  Clean Equipment and Environments
Topic 6:  Antibiotic Resistance

Module 2: Health Directors and Nurse Managers
Topic 7:  Fostering a Culture of Clean and Safe Care
Topic 8:  Clean Environments
Topic 9:  Clean Medical Equipment
Topic 10:  Infection Control and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Topic 11:  Supporting Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Hygiene

Module 3: Environmental Services Staff (Janitor or Custodian)
Topic 12:  Clean and Safe Environments
Topic 13:  Cleaning Frequency
Topic 14:  Protecting Yourself and Others

Module 4: Direct Care Providers: Nurses, Dental Therapists, Home Health Aids
Topic 15:  Routine Practices
Topic 16:  Point-of-Care Risk Assessment
Topic 17:  Point-of-Care Cleaning and Disinfecting
Topic 18:  Reprocessing of Medical Equipment
Topic 19:  Additional Precautions

A Course Reviewer Shares These Words:

“This is a wonderful resource that could provide real education opportunity easily to all staff working in First Nation communities.”
Gail Turner, Director of Health, Nunatsiavut Government (retired)

“To reduce infection in our community everybody have role to play to break the chain of transmission.” Mrs Chudney Pierre-Louis, Infection control nurse, Chisasibi hospital