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What precautions are required for health care workers when treating patients with herpes encephalitis?

What precautions are required for health care workers when treating patients with herpes encephalitis?

Contact precautions: Use contact precautions, as herpes simplex is contagious mainly by contact with an infected person's sores. A never-infected person, without protective antibodies, could catch herpes from a patient with herpes encephalitis, but he would likely just get a typical herpes infection and future recurrences of sores. It is very unlikely that he would get encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Berman
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Isolation (Definition)

Isolation is a clinical finding in which a person spends most of his time by himself, either by his own choosing or due ...Read more


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Meningitis and travel? How necessary are meningitis shots for travel?

Meningitis and travel? How necessary are meningitis shots for travel?

Depends: This really depends on where you are traveling to. You should check the cdc website at cdc.Gov to see the recommendations on different destinations. This is updated regularly and will let you know what vaccinations are required before your trip. ...Read more

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Can the Hepatitis B vaccine alone (first shot for an unvaccinated person), given 48 hours post-exposure, prevent infection?

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

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Who is at risk for meningococcal meningitis?

Who is at risk for meningococcal meningitis?

Risk for meningitis: Meningococcal meningitis is an infections disease, spread by close contact with infected individuals or carriers of meningococcus. The risk is high in populations such as college student, camps and schools, especially boarding schools. Known contacts of infected individuals should consult their doctor about the need for prophylactic treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the most recent universal precautions against bloodborne illnesses?

Can you tell me about the most recent universal precautions against bloodborne illnesses?

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

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Is there any vaccination or preventive measures against bacterial meningitis should I go overseas?

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 more

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What are universal precautions against bloodborne illnesses?

Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
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What are universal precautions against bloodborne illnesses?

Precautions: Universal precautions contain barrier protection gloves, gowns, masks etc to prevent spread of infection. Also hand washing is emphasized. ...Read more

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Why is getting a bacterial meningitis vaccination the only mandatory vaccine for a collage student? Shouldn't there be other vaccines too?

Yes: there are other vaccines they must have had just to get through k-12 grades. Recommended vaccines for college would be Hep A/Boostrix/HPV vaccines in addition to others normally received ...Read more

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Is there any provision for free residential care for elderly people with mental illness?

Is there any provision for free residential care for elderly people with mental illness?

Chck medicaid: Check with your sate medicaid program if this patient is eligible, some states have home aid service. ...Read more

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Any recommendations for an excellent pulmonary critical care doctor for elderly person w/aspiration pneumonia in largo/clearwater fl? Not jacksonville

Any recommendations for an excellent pulmonary critical care doctor for elderly person w/aspiration pneumonia in largo/clearwater fl? Not jacksonville

Go through local doc: Your family physician is the best link 2 help u find a medical specialist. In emergency situations, it is best 2 go through your local emergency room. If the patient is already in the hospital, u will have 2 options: go with the docs on staff, or get the patient transferred 2 another hospital. Aspiration pneumonia requires prompt & accurate treatment. Delays increase organ damage/death. Dr mike. ...Read more

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Is there post-exposure prophylaxis for multi-resistant organisms such as mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls?

Is there post-exposure prophylaxis for multi-resistant organisms such as mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls?

Not really: For MRSA there is therapy to try and change your nasal and skin carriage states. For gut flora the use of unpasteurized yogurt or probiotics may reduce the relative numbers of unwanted bacteria, but there are no recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis and this should be strongly discouraged as it is likely to worsen things. ...Read more

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What qualifies as universal precautions for health workers?

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What qualifies as  universal precautions for health workers?

Universal precaution: Wearing gloves, mask and sometimes goggles and apron and then hand washing are important aspects of universal precautions. ...Read more

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Preqautions in dental work for hepititis b carrier patient?

Same procedures: Performing dental care on a hepatitis b carrier is no different than doing modern dental procedures on a regular, non-infected person. The standard blood and bodily fluid precautions are adequate. Dental care workers should be sure their hepatitis b immunity is good, from the vaccine or from a past, resolved infection. ...Read more

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Are pvrv vaccines for rabies safe for people with panic disorder?

Are pvrv vaccines for rabies safe for people with panic disorder?

PVRV vax: LatS ~ rabies is rare disease but if contracted can cause death. Earlier rabies vaccine had as much hazard as the disease (DEV) Today, the purified vero rabies vaccine (PVRV) and the HDRV (human diploid rabies vaccines) are without any serious complications. Not recommended for all yet but if you work with animals (Vets, farm etc) you should get it. Panic disorder is not a contraindication.thx ...Read more

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Is it legal to require mandatory h1n1 flu vaccine for healthcare workers?

Is it legal to require mandatory h1n1 flu vaccine for healthcare workers?

Ask an attorney: Is it legal to "hold them down and inject them?" probably not. It is probably, however, legal to restrict them from working in a high risk environment when they are potentially transmitting a dangerous infection to immunocompromised people. You may have your philosophical objection to the vaccination program, but make that "choice" for yourself, not for people who are a risk of dying from it. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating bacterial meningitis?

Are there official recommendations for treating bacterial meningitis?

Yes: They vary by age of patient and severity of illness, but they always include antibiotics, almost always a spinal tap, and sometimes steroids. ...Read more

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Are hepatitis B and flu vaccine required for nurses or can you opt out?

Are hepatitis B and flu vaccine required for nurses or can you opt out?

Employer dependent: Some employers require these immunizations as a condition of employment. Refuse the immunization, lose your job. Others may allow opting out based on religious grounds or for other reasons. The major reasons the immunizations are required is patient and employee protection. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Is there any provision for free residential care in the malaysia for elderly people with mental illness?

I'm not sure: I'm not sure about this, buti do have patients who have an orphanage in malaysia and i would consider asking what they think. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Infection and inflammation of the membranes lining the brain and spinal cord. Can be caused by viruses, ...Read more