Everyone Is Contagious



This lesson is going to introduce the concepts and acronyms common to any medical infection control setting. The student will also be oriented to the concepts of safe waste handling and how to protect themselves and their patients against common biohazard exposures. The final test of this knowledge will be a report researched, written and verbally delivered to the class. To stimulate discussion regarding the possibility of local, state and even international ramifications of disease control I begin the the lesson by showing a laboratory scene from the 1995 movie "OUTBREAK" . This introduces the ease by which a simple lack of attention to detail and carelessness can have devastating results.

*"OUTBREAK" 1995 MGM movie trailer slide #7 lab tech and broken blood vial

Everyone Is Contagious

1 classroom period
90 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (3)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (5)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • By the end of this lesson each student will be able to identify at least 10 terms related to proper safety practices in the healthcare setting. Describe three levels of medical asepsis and relate that new knowledge to previously introduced information regarding the need for good body mechanics at all times. Describe the signs and symptoms of generalized and localized infections.

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