Statewide Program for Infection Control & Epidemiology – SPICE Home Health and Hospice Course
SPICE - It’s the Law!
In North Carolina, every healthcare organization that performs invasive procedures (including injections) is required to designate an on-site staff person to receive infection control training and implement an infection control program. The approved infection control curriculum developed by SPICE prepares designated healthcare providers to implement the North Carolina rule, 10A NCAC 41A .0206 INFECTION PREVENTION – HEALTH CARE SETTINGS. Learners will be able to ensure and systematically assess that their facility has the appropriate infection prevention policies and procedures in place to allow healthcare personnel to provide safe patient care consistent with the NC communicable disease rule .0206. Topics covered in the course include:
- Epidemiologic principles of infectious disease
- Principles and practice of asepsis
- Sterilization, disinfection, and sanitation
- Universal blood and body fluid precautions
- Safe injection practices
- Engineering controls to reduce the risk of sharp injuries
- Disposal of sharps
- Techniques that reduce the risk of sharp injuries to health care workers.
Please Note: The curriculum for this course is specific to Home Health and Hospice, but all agencies are welcome to attend.
Zena M. Farkas, MHA, BSN, RN, CIC, CSPM
Zena M Farkas received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Wheeling University in Wheeling, West Virgina and began her nursing career in a long-term care facility. Other nursing experience included Medical-Surgical, Progressive Cardiac Care, and Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Intensive Care. She began her Infection Prevention career in 2005. She is Certified in Infection Prevention, Sterile Processing and earned a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration Degree from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.
As a member of the Quality Programs Department of UNC/REX, She had further developed skills in both Infection Prevention and Patient Safety. Through the implementation of improved infection prevention and patient safety practices, the UNC/REX Infection Prevention team has been able to improve patient outcomes in the outpatient and inpatient settings throughout the UNC/REX Healthcare system. She has also co-authored a research study that illustrated the use of CHG wipe to reduce CLABSIs, and earned the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification and has lead process improvement projects both at UNC/REX of Raleigh, Holly Springs and numerous suburban locations. She has served on the APIC-NC Nominating and Awards Committee for the past several years and was the Committee Chair for 2022. She also has provided community education to several Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops in Southern Wake County.
Continuing Education: This educational activity is eligible for 4.0 nurse contact hours.
The Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Cancellation and Substitution Policy:
Fees will be refunded, or invoices will be adjusted, only if written notice of cancellation is received by AHHC one week prior to the event. In the event of cancellation, AHHC will retain, or charge, 50% of the initial registration fee, per registrant, to cover administrative overhead. Once written cancellation is received, an AHHC staff member will review for approval. If your cancellation is approved, we will email back a signed and dated copy of the cancellation that your agency should retain on file in case of questions. Substitutions may be made up to the day of the event. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.