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Doctor insights on: Hand Hygiene In Healthcare Settings

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Dr. John Berryman
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Healthcare (Definition)

Healthcare is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans. Health care is delivered by practitioners in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and other care providers. It refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care and tertiary care, as well ...Read more


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How many health care workers, in south Africa get infected with aids virus in the line of work?

How many health care workers, in south Africa get infected with aids virus in the line of work?

Few if any: The risk to health care workers from caring for aids patients, even in the chaos of south africa, is near zero. Casual contact simply does not seem to transmit the virus. ...Read more

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Spreading of staff infections in assisted living community possible if used washer and dryers?

Spreading of staff infections in assisted living community possible if used washer and dryers?

Possible: Possible in washing machine highly unlikely in dryer. Use hottest water, chlorine when possible which will lessen the risk. ...Read more

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Which government department is responsible for maintaining a hygenic environment in a deep residential area?

Which government department is responsible for maintaining a hygenic environment in a deep residential area?

Deep residential are: I do not know what a deep residential area is. Do you mean in a bomb shelter or in a silo for missiles? Talk to your commander. ...Read more

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The public has access to a preeminent listing of lawyers in a 2 set volume (martindale) recognized by the profession. Dental equivalent in florida?

The public has access to a preeminent listing of lawyers in a 2 set volume (martindale) recognized by the profession. Dental equivalent in florida?

Doesn't exist: The florida dental association or local dental society can provide a list of dentists for you. For dentists who have gone above and beyond in their learning, check the academy of general dentistry. However, just because your dentist is not listed, does not mean he or she is not amazing...Not everyone chooses the same path to clinical excellence. Ask friends and neighbors who is good as well. ...Read more

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Why is effective use of medical terminology essential to the performance of job duties in health professions?

Why is effective use of medical terminology essential to the performance of job duties in health professions?

Communication: Just like any other industry or job, you have to be able to communicate accurately and effectively with others. Medicine is no different. ...Read more

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What changes have occurred in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in preparation for boomers/?

What changes have occurred in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in preparation for boomers/?

See below: 20 yrs ago, seniors and their families had few options to turn to for long term assistance and support other than expensive, institutional-like nursing homes. Obamacare and other tweaks in the healthcare laws may allow seniors greater access to resident-centered options/in a facility that seems more like a residence than a hospital. ...Read more

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Flu prevention with hand sanitizers . . . Is there a problem with all the chemicals ending up in our lakes and streams?

Flu prevention with hand sanitizers . . . Is there a problem with all the chemicals ending up in our lakes and streams?

Biodegradable stuff: This sanitizer material is a natural product of fermentation with a few insignificant additives. It will evaporate and or break down with out significant effect on the environment. ...Read more

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Who all is in the health care sector or system?

Who all is in the health care sector or system?

EVERYONE and some...: Everyone uses healthcare at some point in their lifetime--whether seeing a doc, getting your eyes checked, teeth cleaned, or buying some Motrin for headaches, we all consume healthcare dollars. Companies making medicines, equipments, build hospital/medical offices, ambulances, healthcare providers, and other workers are part of the system. It is the largest sector. I need more space to explain.. ...Read more

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Are protocols by agency for healthcare quality and research standard of care?

Are protocols by agency for healthcare quality and research standard of care?

No: Standards of care refer to the normal & usual treatment of a medical condition in a community. Protocols by ahqr provide studies to streamline therapy for a specific disease in a large population. The latter may be used to justify or deny treatments which are expensive. ...Read more

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We hold live web chats with our Emory Healthcare doctors and care team members on a regular basis to give our community an opportunity to interact in ?

We hold live web chats with our Emory Healthcare doctors and care team members on a regular basis to give our community an opportunity to interact in ?

Live chats: That sounds really good. A lot of universities are implementing video conferencing. It is good for folks since they can avoid traveling. It saves time, it saves gas, and it gets people together more easily. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for everyone to benefit from this technology. ...Read more

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What are the worst violations of hygiene in a nursing home?

See below: If your loved one has not received proper hygiene care, please contact either unit manager, supervisor of nursing or director of nursing. If not helping, please contact administrator. If you feel that the whole place is not helping for the loved ones, then you have the right to report to the state department of health for possible abuse/neglect. ...Read more

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Is there a land-grab ("partnering") of the community hospitals by academic medical centers in your neck of the woods? It's bad here in sf bay area.

Is there a land-grab ("partnering") of the community hospitals by academic medical centers in your neck of the woods?  It's bad here in sf bay area.

Not here: My smaller community is distant from any academic medical center and the process is not as active. I did see the process destroy the private medical community in galveston after i left. A lot of "partnering" is pushed locally by the two local hospitals within their selected referral destinations. Nurseries and wards have hot lines to the referral hospitals. ...Read more

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Do employers stay in touch with the doctor after turning in an employee medical certification form for fmla?

Sometimes: Aometumes they do request our records regarding the patients follow ups at our office. ...Read more

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How often are restaurant workers required to wash their hands?

How often are restaurant workers required to wash their hands?

After specific tasks: In new york state, workers are required to wash their hands after: taking out the garbage, clearing tables or busing dirty dishes, touching soiled aprons or clothing, touching anything that may contaminate the hands, sneezing, coughing or using a tissue, smoking, eating, drinking or chewing gum, using any cleaning chemicals, using the restroom, handling raw food, touching hair, face or body. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a dental nurse with certificate 3 in dental assisting (australia) work as a dental nurse in the uk?

Dental Nurse: Not sure although i would think the skill set is the same, however, australia has an age limit if a uk citizen wants to go there to work and the age limit is 30. You should check to see if there is the same rule for an australian going to the uk. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much are mental hospitals or mental health facilities increasing in the us and uk?

How much are mental hospitals or mental health facilities increasing in the us and uk?

Not increasing: I don't know about uk, but in the us there has been an overall decrease in mental hospitals over the past 30 years. There is also a sparsity of outpatient mental health facilities all over the us. Unfortunately, there is an under supply of psychiatrists and other mental health providers. ...Read more

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I work in healthcare. My latex gloved hand accidentally went in a bedpan full of urine of an AIDS(not HIV) patient. Do I need to be worried? thanks!!

I work in healthcare. My latex gloved hand accidentally went in a bedpan full of urine of an AIDS(not HIV) patient. Do I need to be worried? thanks!!

Don't worry;be happy: . . . Happy because you followed glove guidelines; gloves are effective barrier to HIV & other infections. Let me add: 1) even if not gloved, risk is low because very little virus in urine and your skin,if intact,is barrier too; 2) if there was contact through skin (real risk to you), post-exposure prophylaxis can be very effective but only if started IMMEDIATELY. If ?,tell super or HR immediately ...Read more

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Can I babysit my sister's newborn if I have genital herpes and adhere to strict hand hygiene and not kiss the baby?

Can I babysit my sister's newborn if I have genital herpes and adhere to strict hand hygiene and not kiss the baby?

Yes: This is a sexually transmitted disease and you are unlikely to share it by other routes. Careful hand washing may help and not kissing is a smart plan. All the best. ...Read more

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If your healthcare provider had multi-resistant organisms on their hand and touched your pimple, can they get into your body? (mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls)

If your healthcare provider had multi-resistant organisms on their hand and touched your pimple, can they get into your body? (mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls)

If they did not: Clean their hands and did not wear gloves, it is possible. If they did either of those, then the chances are tiny. Mrsa is something that is almost ubiquitous now, can pick it up anywhere and abscess or pimples often are colonized with it in already colonized individuals. All that being said, it is possible. ...Read more

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It's possible to get OCD in 1 month? I was really normal in Hygiene Question, but after my mom get Pink Eye, i can't stop washing hands and my face.

It's possible to get OCD in 1 month? I was really normal in Hygiene Question, but after my mom get Pink Eye, i can't stop washing hands and my face.

OCD: The more life feels out of control, the more likely OCD symptoms may appear. Since this came on quickly it may also leave quickly. You may have developed a phobia rather than OCD. If this persists see doctor or mental health professional. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Are there healthcare providers other than physicians (e.G. M.D.'s, d.O.'s) on healthtap who answer questions?

Are there healthcare providers other than physicians (e.G. M.D.'s, d.O.'s) on healthtap who answer questions?

Yes: Other professionals with doctorate degrees that are on healthtap include: dentists, oral surgeons, pharmacists, podiatrists, and clinical psychologists. They are licensed by their professions. ...Read more

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Is hep c contagious and if someone gets it could you ever be cured from it? I work in healthcare setting and im stressing over it.

Yes and yes...: Hepatitis c is a viral infection passed via the parenteral route i.e. Blood. The blood of the infected person must get into the blood of the recipient for transmission to occur. Risk factors include IV drugs, tattoos, tainted blood transfusions, body piercings and multiple sex partners. There is treatment for hepatitis c for many successful treatment represents a cure. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I improve my hygiene?

How can I improve my hygiene?

Hygiene: What are the hygiene issues you are worried about. Besides showers tooth brushing and general good diet i see no other ways to improve a problem. ...Read more

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What is the best healthcare plan?

What is the best healthcare plan?

You decide.: The one that works best for you and yours. It may or may not have all the bells and whistles, but it offers all that that you need. ...Read more

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What's the status of rural healthcare?

What's the status of rural healthcare?

Limited: Doctors less and less are moving to rural areas due to the incredible debt they get from medical scvhool. Rural health care is more, and more from physician extenders like nurse practitioners and physician assistants. There is also less funding for rural hospitals and rural public health. So the status is getting less favorable. ...Read more

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Are you for or against free healthcare?

Are you for or against free healthcare?

Free health care: There is no such thing as free health care that I am aware of. But maybe you know a few Drs or nurses or bedpan emptyiers who work for free but I do not. ...Read more

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Why is obama's healthcare system broken?

It's not Obama's: America is the most short-sighted country on the globe. Our presidents have actively tried to change the system going back to truman. I led town hall meetings/discussion panels before last election. Obama had the right ideas to make real change, but one by one the teeth were removed, 1st by insurance lobby, then by pharmaceutical lobby, using senators lieberman & snow, and others. Sick society. ...Read more

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What are facilities provided by primary healthcare?

What are facilities provided by primary healthcare?

MeetingPlace & Tools: Present at any location to which people go (or from which come from) as part of initial assistance for others concerned about their health with the goal of recognizing &assisting others with perceived problems with soul?mind?brain?body functioning. This includes all the tools for assisting with evaluation, diagnosis &treatment of symptoms &underlying disease, as recognized &addressed. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: healthcare?

See below: Healthcare is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans. Health care is delivered by practitioners in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and other care providers. It refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care and tertiary care, as well as in public health. ...Read more

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What is the biggest challenge facing healthcare in the united states?

What is the biggest challenge facing healthcare in the united states?

Check this out:: https://www.healthcatalyst.com/top-healthcare-trends-challenges

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