Germs Online Training Course Launched

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The first of AVM Services’ intuitive online training courses

Market-leading decontamination specialists AVM Services have launched a range of online training courses aimed at students and professionals in the Sterile Services sector.

The courses, which cover Germs, Decontamination and Quality Management Systems, are designed to give learners an in-depth, accessible and intuitive way to absorb knowledge and proficiency within these topics, all with the ultimate aim of achieving a City & Guilds certification.

AVM Services has been a decontamination specialist since 1989, offering a range of consultancy and training services to the medical sector including:

  • Online decontamination training courses
  • Specialist decontamination training courses conducted by our highly-qualified authorising engineers (decontamination) and specialist personnel, accredited trainers and A1/A2 assessors
  • Professional advice and guidance on decontamination standards, procedures and compliances
  • Validation and compliance assessments
  • Authorising and auditing services
  • Professional servicing and maintenance services for decontamination equipment

What is the Germs course?

The Germs course is one of three online courses students need to complete in order to gain access to the Principles of Decontamination Stage 1 section which contains the City and Guilds exam.

The Germs course covers the structure and basic physiology of organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa, and the impact that they can have in a healthcare setting.

The course covers a brief history of infection control, the eight routes of pathogen transmission between individuals, methods of identification of pathogens, and the key characteristics of the pathogens that present the biggest threat to humans. The course also covers the three levels of pathogen removal; cleaning, disinfecting and sterilisation; and the effects that each method has on microbes.

The course is structured as follows:

  1. Welcome to Germs
  2. An introduction to Germs
  3. Pathogen transmission
  4. Removal of Microorganisms

Why is it important?

Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs, otherwise known as nosocomial infections) are estimated to have caused up to 28,500 deaths in the UK (2016-2017). The Germs course is the first step in building a thorough understanding of what causes these infections, and what practices, procedures and standards need to be implemented to mitigate and minimise infection rates and reduce the number of patients affected.

Who can do this course?

The course provides information appropriate to anyone who may be interested in commonly occurring pathogens and the methods of removal. There is no prior knowledge necessary.

This course is particularly useful to staff involved in decontamination, or anyone who would like to know more about the impact of germs.

Why choose AVM Services Courses?

Intuitive & easy to digest

AVM’s online training courses are delivered via the Learning Management System (LMS) platform developed by Cambridge University Hospital.

Using intuitive navigation and easy-to-follow instructions, AVM courses are vastly different to current courses on the market as they are video-based with interactive elements.

  • Learners are guided through each concept by a video narrator, helping both visual and auditory learners
  • Courses include animations, pictures, graphics and actual footage of SSDs and endoscope reprocessing units to help with knowledge transfer, uptake and retention
  • Large swaths of text and static PowerPoint presentations are avoided to ensure learners are kept engaged, and able to digest the new information quickly and easily without feeling overwhelmed

Highest quality training

Training courses are created and produced by expert authorising engineers (decontamination) and specialists including accredited trainers and A1/A2 assessors, meaning information in the courses is current, relevant and of the highest quality.

A City and Guild’s certification is available at the end of select courses.

Find Out More

If you would like to find out more about the Learning Management System and our online courses, please visit our Online Training Courses page or contact us.

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