Tampa, FL, December 23, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Comprehensive interactive, online guide examines causes and prevention of food-borne illnesses and covers best practices for handling food in a residential environment
Care2Learn, Inc., the leader in online continuing education and training for post-acute healthcare providers, recently introduced a critical safety course: “Food Safety in Long-Term Care.”
According to the CDC, approximately 400-500 food-borne outbreaks are investigated by local and state health departments yearly. While the healthy average adult may withstand the consequence of food-borne illness, at-risk groups may have a lengthier illness, require hospitalization, or die if they contract food-borne illnesses. Elderly residents of nursing and long-term care facilities are at greatest risk.
Codes, regulations, and guidelines have been established for implementation in the Food Service Operation Departments of long-term care facilities and nursing homes. “Food Safety in Long-Term Care” presents those codes and regulations in an easy-to-understand online format and guides students through the process of implementing institutional plans to identify, monitor, and control pathogens that may cause food-borne illness. Procedures that help ensure the safety of food from the time it enters a facility until it is distributed to residents are outlined. In addition, the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system is explained and its principles are illustrated.
“Many of us gain some peripheral awareness of the damage food-borne illnesses can inflict when we hear about hundreds of people getting sick on a cruise ship, or perhaps we’ve even gotten sick ourselves when we ate contaminated food at a potluck,” said Ryan Sparks, Vice President of Content for RedVector. “But long-term care facilities, with their vulnerable populations, have to be vigilant in guarding against this type of outbreak every day for the safety of their residents. This course gives them the tools they need to recognize how food-borne illnesses develop, what the symptoms are, and how they can prevent them.”
Founded in 2000, Care2Learn provides online education solutions to the post-acute healthcare market, which includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and home healthcare and hospice facilities. The Care2Learn course library includes approximately 2,600 accredited course hours delivered to more than 161,000 healthcare professionals in all 50 states.
Acquired by RedVector, an online continuing education company for the design, engineering, and construction industries, Care2Learn continues to grow by offering customized online eLearning universities to companies who want to offer training and education solutions to their entire staff in a cost-effective, easy-to-use, and readily accessible manner. For further information, call 1-866-703-9418 or visit www.Care2Learn.com.
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