Infectious Disease Control for Funeral Directors and Embalmers
About the Course:
Funeral professionals need to have knowledge of different types of infectious disease, modes of transmission, and also for maintaining a safe environment for personnel, the public and the environment.
- Describe five CDC universal precautions for infection prevention and control for airborne, droplet, and contact transmission of pathogens.
- List five steps for personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance from the CDC guidelines for infection prevention and control procedures in the funeral home setting.
- Explain how pathogenic organisms may be spread in funeral home settings and identify factors that influence exposure and transmission.
- Identify five types of infectious disease that require the use of barriers, personal protective equipment, and control strategies to protect personnel from pathogens according to CDC and WHO guidelines.
- Define epidemiologically important organisms and discuss four types, including modes of transmission.
- List and discuss OSHA guidelines and strategies, including cleaning, sterilization, chemical disinfection, and barriers to protect personnel and the public from infectious disease.
- Describe CDC guidelines for barriers, protective equipment, and control procedures for personnel to prevent exposure to infectious material during the embalming process.
- Define CDC and OSHA guidelines for handling, cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and waste disposal procedures to during post mortem procedures to prevent disease transmission.
- Discuss the professional funeral director and embalmer’s responsibility for maintaining a safe environment for personnel, the public, and the environment.
- Identify strategies and procedures for preventing transmission and controlling Ebola and HIV/AIDS virus during all post-mortem procedures.
- Select five myths concerning infectious disease contamination from embalming and burial and discuss facts from PAHO and WHO research studies that dispel them.