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Healthcare Associated Infections

Presentations of Infections in the Older Person

It is estimated that two thirds of patients in acute hospital care at any time are aged 65 and over. Older persons are at particluar risk of developing infection but tend to have fewer symptoms. In many cases this may contribute to delays in diagnosis and may lead to an increased risk of morbidity and mortality.

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

This online module is designed to be used by NHS and health and social care staff delivering care.  Whilst it is a "stand alone" module it will link to other NHS Education for Scotland modules within the HAI programme.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you should be able to:

  • Briefly describe what is meant by the prevalance of infection and be able to identify the most common types of infection in Scotland in the older person
  • Describe the different types of infective micro-organisms which can cause infection
  • List the common clinical presentations of infection in the adult and older person
  • Describe the simple treatments to combat infections in older adults
  • Briefly describe a range of precautions that can be taken to prevent infection in the older population including immunisation of individuals
  • Use the Quality Improvement methodology "SBAR tool" to communicate urgent patient/service user information.

Course Information

It is extremely helpful (but not essential) to have a local mentor or senior person to discuss the content of the programme and reflect on your personal learning outcomes at the end of the module.

Further Information

The anticipated learning time for this module is between one to two 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 course 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 2011. reviewed December 2014, last reviewed February 2019.