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Mil Med. 2010 Dec;175(12):983-9.

Development of a deployment infection control course.

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  • 1Brooke Army Medical Center, 3851 Roger Brooke Drive, (MCHE-MDI) Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200, USA.


Since the beginning of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, multidrug-resistant bacteria have been noted to be infecting and colonizing combat casualties. Studies suggest the primary source of these bacteria is nosocomial transmission. A focus area for improvement has been to enhance infection control (IC) at hospitals in the combat theater. A 5-day IC course was developed and implemented to provide just-in-time training to those personnel who have been identified to lead IC efforts while deployed. Twenty-nine students have attended the first 6 offerings of this course. A pre- and post-course test showed an average 21% improvement in knowledge. A follow-up questionnaire provided to those students who deployed found the course had enhanced performance of their IC duties. We describe the deployment-unique training developed to provide basic IC, emphasizing the unique challenges found in the combat setting.

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