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Cdc Infection Control Precautions
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Will birth control pills protect me from sexually transmitted infections (stis), includin hiv/aids?
STDs: Birth control pills will not protect you from anything, including pregnancy (although it makes pregnancy infinitely less likely). Condoms will provide reasonable protection from most stds, but even these can fail because of leakage or breakage. Be careful out there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do birth control pills offer any protection from sexually transmitted infections (stis), including hiv/aids?
Can birth control pills protect me from sexually transmitted infections (stis), including hiv/aids?
No: No, birth control pills do not protect you from sexually transmitted infections or hiv/aids. They just protect you from pregnancy. The only way to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections, including hiv/aids, is through the use of barrier protection (condoms or dental dams). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can the Hepatitis B vaccine alone (first shot for an unvaccinated person), given 48 hours post-exposure, prevent infection?
Not likely: If you have been definitively exposed to Hep B then will need HBIG/hep B immune globulin as well as the hep B vaccine. The immune globulin will act like a sponge and soak up any hep B virus present currently in your body. The hep B vaccine then stimulates your body to produce antibodies, which will then attach to and disable the viral particles. This process takes 2-4 weeks to make antibodies. ...Read more
Body fluid avoidance: Universal precautions refers to the steps taken to avoid exposure to potentially infectious or contagious body fluids. This usually includes latex (or similar) gloves, eye protection or a face shield, a mask, and a disposable gown. These personal protective devices (PPD) are used in the appropriate situations, with latex gloves almost always being utilized. ...Read more
Is there any vaccination or preventive measures against bacterial meningitis should I go overseas?
Meningitis: The risk of contacting meningitis as an adult is minimal. In a third world country be much more concerned with malaria, and other mosquito born diseases. For third world countries check with an infectious disease specialist for vaccination reccomendations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Food borne illnesses: Food either at home or in a restaurant should be hygienically prepared and consumed. Food handlers should not touch food with bare hands, use gloves. All vegetables and meat should be thoroughly washed. Especially in restaurants, if employees use rest rooms, they should be instructed to wash their hands thoroughly. If any of the employees have gastroenteritis, they should not work. ...Read more
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Should i avoid child care work after receiving the live typhoid oral vaccine due to a risk of vaccine/viral shedding?
No: Iud's are a great way to prevent pregnancy but they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. You should continue to use condoms to protect yourself from infections. With Progesterone iud's the cervical mucous is thickened and there is a slight decrease risk of pelvic inflammatory disease after the 1st 2 weeks but you can still catch something. Be smart and use a condom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for UTI and Depo Birth Control, should I use extra protection from pregnancy? No STI risk (monogamous relationship)
I've woken up with a soar throat and runny nose. What precautions should I take early to control the infection?
Dynamic: An infection control nurse has multiple duties. Here is a short list: monitor rates of hospital acquired infections, investigate outbreaks, monitor rates of adherence to hand hygiene protocol, provide monthly reports to hospital administration, establish and police isolation protocol, ensure that the hospital is compliant with all state and federal mandates, collaborates with other committees .... ...Read more
All should: It's a health department requirement and the gym's liability insurance carrier would require it too. You can tell when touring a new facility - look at the locker rooms, showers, condition of equipment & physical structure, pool (if present), visibility of staff cleaning the place, etc. ...Read more
Health care workers please respond, infection control question. Why did they let people wear regular clothes into delivery room? Am I an oldfashioned grandma?
Yes: Delivery isn't sterile, and i'm assuming the friends involved aren't grabbing the newborn or suturing, so .... ...Read more
Huge question that: can't be handled in 400 characters or less. Please see: http://worldburn.org/documents/infectioncontrol.pdf ...Read more
Complex answer. : Call hospital infection control coordinator for specifics. ...Read more
Prevent infections: Infection control programs work to decrease infections in health care facilities. This is done in several ways. Infection control programs help to guide housecleaning services in hospitals to keep things as clean as possible. They make sure equipment is sterile. They oversee vaccination of employees and help to ensure that diseases are not spread between staff and patients or between patients. ...Read more
Protection: This is to protect the patient, the health care worker and anyone coming in contact with the infected individual. Prevention of spread of illness, contamination, epidemic, abating damage are all part of infection control. ...Read more
Staphylococcus : There is staph that is sensitive to regular antibiotics and staph that is more resistant- called MRSA. The first can be treated with amoxicillin, keflex, dickoxacillin and multiple other choices. MRSA can respond to clindamycin, doxycycline, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). There are other more expensive or iv options as well. Also depends on the disease caused by staph- skin infection vs bacteremia, pneumonia etc. ...Read more
I have genital herpes, do I need to be disinfecting the toilet seat after each use to practice safe infection control?
Probably unnecessary: Apparently, you're an herpes-carrier with sporadic flare-up, who will not shed and spread virus at remission. Besides, all humans have their natural barriers - unbroken skin, which will prevent virus invasion. So, all-in-all, there is no practical reason to disinfect toilet seat after each use during remission. But, personal mental comfort level may highly vary so you decide. ...Read more
I have genital herpes. Is washing my dirty towels in cold water and detergent enough infection control to protect my roommate?
Yes: As long as you have no direct skin to skin contact and don't share wet washclothes, you are fine. For more info: www.AskYourGynecologist.org ...Read more
I currently have an outbreak of genital herpes simplex 1 (diagnosed recently ). Do I need to be lysol wiping the toilet seat for infection control?
Here are some ...: If the toilet you have used is just for you, it's absolutely no need to disinfect.... If using public toilets, it's optional because the toilet users after you have no chance to contact your out-breaking sites with their broken-very unlikely-skin. So, the likelihood to transmit herpes virus is almost next-to-none. Clinically, I don't believe there has been a study being done to address the answer. ...Read more
One daughter reported infection control violations to nursing home, md. Other daughter is upset--at her. How easy to catch c diff on antibiotics?
How accurate is the cdc two tier testing for lyme disease after being infected for around 6-7 months? Also does the western blot detect co infections?
Lyme disease test: 18 M asks: How accurate is the cdc two tier testing for lyme disease after being infected for around 6-7 months? Also does the western blot detect co infections? ANS:Go to CDC site for details on accuracy of test. Best to discuss with your team as can be a complex issue. ...Read more
Hi , a little cat just bite my finger , is there any risk of infections ? Any precautions I should take?
Thank you ,,
Cat bites -high risk: If the bite broke the skin, it is a high risk of causing infection. Up to eighty percent of cat bites become infected. One organism, Pastuerella multocida, is known for causing infection within 24 hours. I usually perform a wash-out/irrigation of the cat bite and provide a short course of antibiotics (e.g. Augmentin), especially with puncture wounds, as well as updating tetanus. ...Read more
I have had 2 sinusitis infections in 2 months and prescribed clarithromysin twice. Too much? Precautions? Future sinusitis infection treatment?
OK if needed: Antibiotic resistance of course is a concern when you use these drugs multiple times. Take yogurt or a probiotic during and after a course of antibiotics. Depending on what you're allergic to- amoxicillin, augmentin, doxycycline, Bactrim and Ceftin (cefuroxime) are antibiotics to consider in the future. Most importantly, see if you can find a triggering, underlying problem such as allergy. ...Read more
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