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Infection Control - Bacteria

1 Hour CE Course

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
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  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: 4 original online articles; plus online multiple-choice test



Discover ways you can prevent the spread of infection in your practice and exposure to yourself and your clients. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • How antibiotics may impact bodywork.
  • Ways staph infections are transmitted and how to prevent exposure.
  • Proper hand cleansing.
  • Situations when medical gloves may be appropriate for massage.

In the Infection Control - Bacteria program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • How Antibiotics May Impact Bodywork - Although frequently prescribed, many people do not realize the disturbing implications of antibiotic use. Discover several issues relating to antibiotics that all massage therapists should be aware of.
  • Massage Therapy and Drug Resistant Staph Infections - As harmful bacteria grow and change over time, they become more and more resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Are they only dangerous in hospital settings, or do massage therapists in private practice need to be concerned as well?
  • Keeping a Massage Therapist's Hands Germ-Free - Reviewing the details of preventing the transmission of germs - and recognizing where mistakes are made - can help renew massage therapists' pledge to properly cleanse their hands.
  • Massage Therapy: Safety and Medical Gloves - Massage therapy is a hands-on profession. Through the hands of a massage therapist can be felt the tension of muscles, the misalignment of bony structures and the stress of daily life. Some massage therapists may even be able to tell whether a person competes in a particular sport, drives a stick-shift or works at a desk all day - just by the way the body feels during a massage session. On the other hand, learn why some situations require the use of medical gloves.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

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Another great course - useful for my practice and also in life (with so many superbugs on the rise).

M. Ashmore, LMT

Straightforward and informative. Thank you!

Wendy Hall, LMP

Informative yet concise. Worth the cost.

Holly Ottney

As a concerned L.M.T. I found this material profoundly alarming. Most of my clients are Healthcare Workers. I will now use extra precaution when working. With MRSA on the up-rise I believe ALL therapist should be required to take this test. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US PROTECT ONE ANOTHER!

Vickie Sweeney, LMT

Take this course and you will be knowledgeable on the importance of keeping a clean therapy room. Also, you will learn how to take the necessary steps in preventing cross contamination between clients. (Everyone should be taught about cleanliness on some level.)

David Dilling

The one credit courses are a nice way to pick up some helpful information without spending a lot of time and money.

Robert E. Rano, LMT

My favorite out of the Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS courses. A great refresher for any Massage Therapist!

Haley Millett, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Explain antibiotic resistance and how a client’s use of antibiotics can have an impact on bodywork.
  • Identify common drug resistant bacteria and explain how infections caused by them can be avoided in a massage therapy setting.
  • Explain why clean hands are so important for a massage therapist as well as how to properly wash hands and use hand sanitizers effectively before and after working with clients.
  • Explain how the occasional use of surgical-type gloves have come into use in a massage therapy setting, as well as identify the various types of gloves that may or may not be recommended for use with massage oils.
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