CME Infection Control and Barrier Precautions Training for Healthcare Providers

CME Infection Control Course

Infection Control—from simple hand washing to high-level disinfection of surgical instruments—is an essential component of any health care delivery. Implementing these measures can prevent transmission of disease in health care settings and the community.

New York State law requires that all health care providers—including physicians, medical residents and medical students—receive training on infection control and barrier precautions every four years. Legislation passed in 1992 established a requirement that certain health care professionals must receive training on infection control and barrier precautions every four years upon renewal of their license. In 2008, legislation was passed requiring certain changes be made to the training curriculum, the training process and those requiring training.

The Medical Society of the State of New York is approved by the New York State Department of Health to provide Infection Control and Barrier Precautions, which complies with the New York State regulations.  The four-hour course is appropriate for physicians, physician assistants, medical students, medical residents, physician assistant students, dental hygienists, dentists, licensed practical nurses, optometrists, podiatrists, registered professional nurses and specialist assistants.

Measures to prevent the transmission of disease in health care settings have evolved over the years and, as such, this state-mandated course, with six elements total, includes the most updated information from the New York Department of Health. Elements three and five contain important and revised information regarding engineering/work practice controls and the creation/maintenance of a safe environment for patient care, respectively. Four hours of CME credit are available upon successful completion of the Infection Control course work.

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Following are the six elements of MSSNY’s Infection Control and Barrier Precautions course:

Element 1
Responsibility to Adhere to Scientifically Accepted Principles and Practices of Infection Control in All Healthcare Settings and to Monitor Those for whom the Profession is Responsible

Element 2
Modes and Mechanisms of Transmission of Pathogenic Organisms in the Healthcare Setting and Strategies for Prevention and Control

Element 3
Use of Engineering and Work Practice Controls to Reduce the Opportunity for Patient and Healthcare Worker Exposure to Potentially Infectious Material in all Healthcare Settings

Element 4
Selection and Use of Barriers and/or Personal Equipment for Preventing Patient and Healthcare Worker Contact with Potentially Infectious Material

Element 5
Creation and Maintenance of a Safe Environment for Patient Care in all Healthcare Settings through Application of Infection Control Principles and Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilizatio

Element 6
Prevention and Control of Infectious Communicable Diseases in Healthcare Workers


This activity is designated for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
To receive your CME Certificate, you must fill out the evaluation.


Disclosure Statement:

Policies and standards of the Medical Society of the State of New York and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education require that speakers and planners for continuing medical education activities disclose any relevant financial relationships they may have with commercial interests whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of a CME activity.