Some area health care professionals were able to get continuing education hours Wednesday, without even leaving work. Kimberly Clark brought its health care Education Bus to Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Hospitals have always been ground zero for viruses and infections to spread. Luckily medical professionals continue to learn new ways to prevent health care-associated infections.
The nurses and staff at Anderson benefited from the latest in educational resources by climbing aboard the mobile classroom, which tours the nation teaching a multitude of classes on preventing infections acquired in hospitals.
"We've hit in the last two years, 200 different hospitals throughout the United States and issued over 15,000 CEOs or contact hours for nurses across the country," said driver Chuck Young.
Continuing education credit hours are required by many states to renew medical licenses. While Mississippi is not one of them, Anderson Hospital officials say that furthering their staff's education only improves care for patients.
"Understanding the best practices for prevention of infections will hopefully decrease our chances of hospital-inquired infections of our patients that are so prominent nationwide," said Anderson education director Brenda Kyles.
"Pretty much all the courses are going to be one-hour contact. They can take five or six courses," said Kimberly Clark consultant Kim Summerlin.