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  • Healthcare-Associated Infection Control Protocols: A Case Study

    Introduction With patient safety being at the forefront of hospitals’ priority, it’s imperative for administration to implement infection control protocols. The practice of preventive measures along with staff education is necessary in the reduction of hospital liability, extended inpatient stays and loss in revenue. Although some strategies are standard throughout hospital organizations, data and con-stant monitoring of these procedures will provide insight into compliant areas or those that may need further improvement. According to an article found on the Center for Disease Control’s website, “Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in hospitals impose significant economic con-sequences on the nation’s healthcare system. With an incidence of approximately 4.5 HAIs for every 100 hospital admissions, the annual direct costs in the healthcare system were estimated to be $4.5 billion in 1992 dollars. Adjusting for the rate of inflation using the CPI for all urban con-sumers, this estimate is approximately $6.65 billion in 2007 dollars” (Douglas, 2009, pg.1). What is a Hospital Acquired Infection? HAI’s or hospital-acquired infections are defined as an infection contracted while being treated or immediately following another condition in a hospital setting. Usually this infection develops within 48 hours of admission. The cases are considered an increasing concern, estimating 1 out of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. Cases have occurred by contracting bacteria with the…

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  • Legionella Pneumpohila Case Study

    1. The organism that is the cause of this patient’s illness is Legionella pneumpohila, which means the patient has Legionnaire’s disease. Although there are other organisms that can cause similar diseases, it is clear that Legionella pneumpohila is the organism responsible for this patient’s disease. There are several reasons, but the one that stands out the most is that this organism can only grow on buffered charcoal-yeast extract, which is why there was no growth present on the 5% sheep blood…

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  • Influenza Research Paper

    INTRODUCTION Two significantly important highly pathogenic infection diseases namely Legionellosis and Influenza remains even today a threat to global health. They can cause severe community-acquired pneumonia with respiratory failure but they can also generate hospital-acquired infections.1 Moreover Legionella infection could attribute to influenza infection. The cause of influenza was definitively resolved back in 1930s with the isolation of swine influenza; a virus which when administered…

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  • Legionnaires Disease Essay

    Introduction Legionnaires’ Disease is a kind of common pneumonia and caused by bacteria, Legionella Pneumophila. Legionnaires’ Disease becomes more and more in recent years in Hong Kong. Background information The first outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease happened in 1976 which found in Philadelphia in the United States and caused 34 people to die. It is an acute bacterial disease, its incubation period is 2-10 days. Thus, the most common transmission of Legionella are disseminate sprays and…

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  • Legionaries Disease Case Study

    Introduction This assignment explores several online sources that contain materials on the impact of Legionaries’ Disease to public health and its association with the role of a Public Health Inspector/Environmental Health Officer. Legionaries’ Disease is caused by roughly 35 Legionella bacteria species, with symptoms of severe pneumonia and psychological changes. (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, 2015) With an increase of the elderly population in North America and the use…

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  • Legionnaires Disease Research Paper

    Legionnaires’ Disease is a disease caused by Legionella bacteria, and is named after a convention held in Philadelphia in which members of the American Legion attended and contracted the illness. Legionella bacteria are found naturally in fresh bodies of water, and grow in warm water. People can be exposed to the bacteria from not-properly disinfected hot tubs, air-conditioning units in large buildings, fountains, or swimming in warm bodies of water and inhaling small amounts of said water. The…

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  • Emergency Case Study Essay

    His body temperature was 100 degrees F, heart rate 78 beats per minute, and his blood pressure was 96/50 mm Hg. He was weaned of off 50% oxygen through a face mask to a 2 liters of oxygen by a nasal cannula. His electrolyte levels were unremarkable, but his white blood cell count increased to 26.0 x 109/L. The cultures for influenza A and B viruses were negative as well as the blood cultures for bacteria and fungus. The urine test for Legionella antigen was positive. The infectious disease team…

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  • Summary: The Flint Water Crisis

    homes in Flint, they found that some trials yielded concentrations greater than 867x the tolerable level of lead in drinking water, 15ppb. The corrosion in the pipes did not just engender the dangerous lead contamination in the water; it also created disinfection problems. Flint relied on chlorine as its primary disinfectant, preventing growth of microorganisms that cause disease and the spread of diseases like Legionnaire’s disease. This disease, caused by breathing in mist containing…

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  • Patient Information: A Case Study

    Streptococcus pneumonia is the most common causative organism for CAP. CAP is associated with considerable morbidity, mortality, particularly in elderly patients. Signs and symptoms of CAP includes, fever, rigors, sweating, cough with or without sputum, chest discomfort, and dyspnea. Other nonspecific symptoms include, myalgia, fatigue, anorexia, pain abdomen and headache (Akter et al., 2015). Pertinent positives: C/o cough, chest discomfort due to cough, fatigue and SOB on exertion and fever.…

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  • Pneumonia Treatment Of Pneumonia

    staphylococcus. Pneumococcal pneumonia is one of the most common types of pneumonia and it’s caused by Streptococcus pneumonia which can be contracted with airborne droplets when someone is coughing or sneezing. It can also be exchanged through close contact with someone who already has it and breathing in certain bacteria from your nose and throat into your lungs which typically happens during sleep. The most common contraction of pneumonia is during or sometimes after a viral upper respiratory…

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