Phone: 866-782-6258

Infection Control Plan-Is it Necessary?

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

September 8, 2014



Is an infection control plan necessary in a physical therapy clinic?  


he short answer and succinct answer to that question is yes.  Infection control is a federal mandate that is overseen by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which is the federal regulatory agency responsible for overseeing safety in the workplace.  Infection control falls under the safety umbrella which is dictated by OSHA, who has very specific guidelines as to how to minimize the potential spread of disease in the workplace.  Physical therapists, PT assistants, as well as students are obligated both legally and ethically to uphold these standards.  If the previous reasons that I stated as to why infection control is important enough to you as a physical therapist, i.e., you come in contact with bodily fluids, you provide services to multiple patients that you have multiple contacts with a bunch of reusable objects, as well as this whole concept of opportunistic infections that can potentially cause serious life-threatening diseases in individuals with varying degrees of immunocompromise, if that is not enough to convince you that this is important, basically the fact that this is a federal mandate should.  Infection control is the law. I am going to give you a very quick story of the hearing instrument dispenser.  This was someone who has their own private practice that is providing hearing healthcare services to customers with hearing loss, who are being fit with hearing aids.  To make a very long story short, this individual, who happened to hear one of my infection control presentations years prior, called me and said you will never believe what happened to me yesterday.  I asked what happened to him yesterday.  OSHA came unannounced to his private practice and the first question that OSHA asked was, “Can I please see your written infection control plan?”  When he could not produce the written infection control plan, he was immediately fined $5000 and then his practice was essentially opened to an audit by OSHA.  As a result of that audit, he basically was told he had two weeks to fix this, fix that, and then you have two weeks to basically produce a written infection control plan, and if you do that, we will reduce your fine from $5000 to $500.  The purpose of that story is not to freak you guys out thinking that OSHA is going to come knocking on your door.  The purpose of relaying that story is that a written infection control plan is a requirement.

a u bankaitis

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD, FAAA

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD is a clinical audiologist and Vice President of Oaktree Products, Inc of St. Louis, MO, a multi-line distributor of hearing health care products. Dr. Bankaitis earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 1995 where her funded research investigated the effects of varying degrees of HIV on the auditory system. This research naturally led to a niche expertise in the area of infection control. 


Related Courses

Supporting the LGBTQ Senior in Healthcare
Presented by Kathleen D. Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L, CMDCP, CDP, CFPS
Recorded Webinar


Kathleen D. Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L, CMDCP, CDP, CFPS
Course: #4096Level: Intermediate2 Hours
  'The instructor was clear and experienced and had interesting anecdotes to share/illustrate the concepts'   Read Reviews
This training describes the required elements for responding to the emerging needs of long term care communities to provide sensitive and respectful services to LGBT elders. The training reviews definitions related to sexual orientation and gender identity challenges experienced by LGBT older adults, and strategies for communication and policies that honor residents' rights. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT and PTA.

OASIS E: New Items
Presented by Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O
Recorded Webinar


Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O
Course: #4612Level: Intermediate2 Hours
  'Good information, a lot of details to cover in a short period of time'   Read Reviews
The course will focus on the items that are unique to the OASIS E data collection process. Official guidance sources will be explored to ensure the accuracy of the information.

Tele-Rehabilitation: Demystifying the Use of Technology to Deliver Physical Therapy
Presented by Donald Hayes, PT, GTC
Recorded Webinar


Donald Hayes, PT, GTC
Course: #3334Level: Intermediate2 Hours
  'I really liked the layout of the information provided and it was helpful to hear specific examples (special tests/modifications/self-mobs)'   Read Reviews
Educate clinicians to the evidence and approaches to perform physical therapy via tele-rehabilitation. The course will cover patient care from evaluation through discharge and a variety of diagnoses. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT and PTA.

Technologies for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Preparing for the ATP Exam
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar


Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #4615Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Great presenter nice speaking pace'   Read Reviews
This course presents a variety of commercial and assistive cognitive technologies which can be used to remediate and accommodate intellectual disabilities. The information is designed to help prepare the participant for the RESNA ATP examination.

Identifying and Recognizing Mental Health Conditions in Student Athletes
Presented by John Boudreaux, EdD, PT, LAT, ATC, SCS
Live WebinarWed, May 15, 2024 at 2:00 pm EDT
Wed, May 15, 2024 at 2:00 pm EDT


John Boudreaux, EdD, PT, LAT, ATC, SCS
Course: #4874Level: Intermediate3 Hours
As the type, severity, and percentage of mental illnesses continue to rise in adolescents and young adults, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and healthcare professionals, in general, are certain to encounter student-athletes with psychological concerns at the secondary school and collegiate levels. In this course, lecture techniques will be utilized to discuss the different types of mental health disorders prevalent among competitive athletes along with the various stressors and triggering events that may lead to psychological concern in these individuals. After a thorough review of the literature on best practices regarding the management of mental health conditions in athletes, participants will be able to generate a plan to formally address mental health conditions in athletes, construct a referral network of mental health providers, and investigate the legal liability associated with developing a plan to manage mental health conditions.

Our site uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our site, you agree to our Privacy Policy.