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Infection Control
Preventing and Controlling Infectious Diseases and Healthcare-Associated Infections

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  • You must score 70% or better to pass this test.
  • Select one answer for each question.
  • Review your selections before submitting the test for grading.

NoteThis course was revised and updated March 26, 2018. If you printed test questions from the previous version of this course, you will find that the questions in your printed version differ from the test below.

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1. Data shows that infections are a major cause of hospitalization and death among individuals in:

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2. Which is a goal of infection control training?

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3. Which pathogen can survive for extreme lengths of time and is resistant to disinfectant and drying conditions?

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4. Which term refers to a person who continues to harbor a pathogen for months or even years after initial infection?

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5. Which person is most likely to be a source of asymptomatic transmission?

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6. Which mode of transmission in the chain of infection involves a fomite?

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7. What is the single most important infection control procedure to prevent the spread of infection?

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8. The first line of defense against the entry of pathogens into a susceptible host includes:

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9. Which is a true statement about Standard Precautions?

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10. Which is a correct statement concerning hand hygiene?

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11. Before administering an intramuscular injection to a patient with HIV, the clinician takes protection against which potential means of HIV transmission?

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12. Which action does the CDC recommend regarding Contact Precautions?

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13. Which is a unique infection control measure for a patient on Airborne Precautions?

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14. Which is an example of an engineering control used in the healthcare setting to reduce the spread of infection?

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15. Which is a true statement about safe injection practices?

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16. Spills of blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) are decontaminated by using:

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17. Which is a correct statement regarding the processing, handling, and storage of sterilized equipment and devices?

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18. Containers used to store, transport, and dispose of regulated waste must be identified with warning labels colored:

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19. Personal protective equipment is specialized clothing or equipment that:

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20. Which is a true statement about glove use by healthcare workers?

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21. The use of sterile gowns is indicated:

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22. Which is a true statement regarding PPE guidance when working with patients infected with Ebola virus?

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23. Which is a recommended occupational health strategy designed to prevent the transmission of infectious disease?

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24. The CDC recommends that all healthcare workers receive vaccination against hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox if they:

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25. Bloodborne pathogens training for healthcare workers must include:

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26. Which is a correct statement about OSHA-required exposure control plans?

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27. While disconnecting a patient’s blood transfusion, a clinician accidentally sprays his own face and eyes with blood. What is the clinician’s first action?

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28. When administering an intramuscular injection to a patient, the clinician accidentally incurs a needlestick injury. The clinician’s action is to:


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