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Healthcare Associated Infections

Helping Patients Cope with Isolation in Hospital

This self directed resource is designed for healthcare workers who have responsibility for patients being cared for in isolation in hospitals.

These resources are part of the intermediate layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.


Target Audience

The module has been designed and developed for healthcare workers and aims to help you understand the psychological, social and physical effects of isolation on patients, regardless of the cause for the isolation provide you with techniques and ideas for lessening these impacts through meaningful therapeutic interventions.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • explain the reasons for isolation;
  • differentiate between the two types of isolation;
  • identify when the use of Transmission Based Precautions is necessary;
  • describe the application of Transmission Based Precautions;
  • identify the psychosocial problems patients may experience while in isolation;
  • highlight the elements that need to be incorporated when devising a plan of care for a patient in isolation.

Further Information

The anticipated learning time for this tutorial is 45 minutes to one hour.  The assessment comprises multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%.  On completion of the course you can print off a record of learning as evidence for your portfolio or training record.

Registration and Access

This module is provided by learnPro.  Further information about registration and access can be found at our learnPro information page.

Module is currently under review and not available on Turas Learn.

Resource launched 2009, last reviewed late 2014. Currently under review.