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In this topic you learn about aseptic safety related to breast cancer diagnostics, operations and treatments.

Learning outcomes: Demonstrates knowledge of standard precautions of aseptic safety in breast cancer care. Demonstrates knowledge of aseptic technique and aseptic behaviour. Demonstrates knowledge of specific aseptic features associated with breast cancer diagnostics and treatments.

Learning material

This 28.35 min video introduces you to the main concepts in the microbiological safety, the overall, patient, and procedure related risks to surgical site infections in breast surgery.

This 43:20 min video introduces you on enabling safe breast cancer patients’ pathway from the Surgical Site Infection (SSI) prevention and control points of view.

This presentation introduces the learner to collecting a blood culture sample from a breast cancer patient with suspected infection. Presentation contains text, film clips and test your knowledge section. Use the arrow to navigate in the presentation.

Mandatory reading

The exam also includes questions from this materials. Please read the articles and other written material. It takes about 4-5 hours for you to read through the material.

1. European Council recommendation on patient safety, including the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections. 2009. Official Journal of the European Union.

2. European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) 2022. Healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals (europa.eu)

3. Outcomes in breast surgery studies – Risk factors for breast surgery

Try to answer these questions while reading:

  • What are your responsibilities as a breast cancer team member in patient safety, includ-ing the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections
  • What are the typical risk factors for surgical site infection (SSI) in breast operations?
  • Consider what SSI risks are preventable and how could you prevent SSI-risks in your own work.