Course code FHV340

FHV340 Patient safety and infection control

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Course responsible: Ruth Kjærsti Raanaas
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
A minimum of 5 students is required to run the course. Upper limit is 35 students.
Teaching exam periods:
The course is run in the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: 2015H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
This course provides an introduction to patient safety and infection control, including the evoluton of patient safety and the nature and scale of harm to patients.The emphasis is on understanding how things go wrong and how to improve healthcare processes and systems. It uses theory about safety by design and how this can prevent injuries and healthcare-associated infections. How people actively create safety as they work, is also an important theme. In addition to introdution to theories and knowledge of patient safety work, the course provides an introduction to infection control in healthcare institutions, and will emphasize how this can be seen in the context of a general patient safety thinking. Infection epidemiology and how to register patient injuries and healthcare-associated infections will be included.
Learning outcome:
The students will have acquired knowledge about mechanisms concerning patient harm, including healthcare-associated infections and thus patient safety. They should have knowledge of and be able to analyze how various adverse reporting systems captures injuries and how these can be used in patient safety work. After completing the course the student should have the necessary skills and competencies in order to consider measures preventing harm caused by the healthcare system, including preventing healthcare-associated infections. They should be able to apply their knowledge on different strategies for implementing measures to prevent harm and litigate  harm, and be able to convey this to other healthcare personals.
Learning activities:
The teaching will be a combination of lectures, group discussions and presentations of scientific articles in groups.
Teaching support:
The teachers are available at the worshops and through Fronter
Text book: Patient safety, 2nd edition (Charles Vincent).Selected articles. The curriculum list will be available upon start of the course.
Knowledge in epidemiology (as e.g. FHV320), statistical methods and general microbiology.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Individual semester assignment must be approved before the final examiation (count as part of the exam. See the point Exam. In addition all groups shall particiate in oral presentation and discussion of selected cases. 
Individual semester assignment (counts 30 %) and written examination (counts 70 %). Evaluation A - F
Nominal workload:
Totally 300 hours. Workshops: 30 h X 2 weeks = 60 hours. Preparation and following up work of the workshops, including e-learning and self-study: 110 hours. Semester assignment 130 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Type of course:
The course is based on intensive workshops. Approx. 2 weeks full time (lectures and seminars).
The course is offered in collaboration with IKBM. 4-6 workshops spread on the autumn term.
An external examiner approves the evaluation method, in this case the text for the individual assignment and exam. The external examiner should participate in evaluating the semester assignment and the exam.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått