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What are universal precautions against bloodborne illnesses?

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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Dr. Michael Engel
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Neutropenia (Definition)

Defined numerically as an absolute neutrophil count (anc) less than 1500. From there it is subdivided into mild (1000-1500), moderate (500-1000) and severe (<500). Folks with severe neutropenia are at increased risk for bacterial infections. Mild to moderate, less so. The reason for neutropenia needs to be determined. Treatments range from observation to stem cell ...Read more


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Precaution to be taken against dengue?

Precaution to be taken against dengue?

Dengue precautions: Dengue is transmitted through mosquito bite. Wear long sleeves, use mosquito repellents, and sleep under mosquito nets. If you are living in a dengue region and not just visiting, make sure there is no standing water where mosquitos can breed and cover water storage containers. ...Read more

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Universal precautions infection control website?

Universal precautions infection control website?

OSHA & CDC: http://www.osha.gov/sltc/etools/hospital/hazards/univprec/univ.html http://www.Cdc.Gov/niosh/topics/bbp/universal.Html.

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Precautions for hepatitis b carriers?

Precautions for hepatitis b carriers?

Hep B: Hepatitis is usually blood born virus. That means it can be spread via needles, blood transfusion, blood contaminated equipment. It can also be spread via sexual intercourse and saliva. Beat way to protect others around you is by vaccination. ...Read more

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Who should receive pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis?

Who should receive pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis?

No one?: If you dont have any exposure, you dont need routine testing / prophylaxis. If you feel that you may have exposure via unprotected intercouse with an infected partner, or sharing needles with someone who may be infected, then you may need to speak to a physician for testing and prophylactic treatment. ...Read more

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What precautions for food-borne illness?

What precautions for food-borne illness?

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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What precaution for tuberculous lymphadenitis patient?

What precaution for tuberculous lymphadenitis patient?

TB lymphadenitis : Patient with diagnosis of TB must be placed in airborne isolation until pulmonary TB is ruled out. If the patient doesn't have pulmonary TB then infected lymph node has to be tested for presence of TB bacilli by doing culture. If the node is open and draining pus, the patient should stay in isolation until pus stops to drain and shows no more TB bacilli and patient is on appropriate antibiotics ...Read more

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Precaution for jaundice?

Precaution for jaundice?

Avoid hepatitis.: Do you have it or do you want to avoid it? If you have it you need a diagnosis. See doc. Avoid all potential liver toxins such as alcohol and acetaminophen. If you are trying to prevent developing jaundice - get vaccinated for hep a and b if you are at risk. Do not share needles or have unprotected sex. Do not drink too much or use too much acetaminophen. Wash fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Important reasons to have universal precautions?

Important reasons to have universal precautions?

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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Precautions in diabeties?

Precautions in diabeties?

Many things can help: Education is key! go to classes, read articles in the news and journals like diabetes forecast. Learn how diet, activity, and medications work together to help maintain a stable glucose(sugar level) and why doing this is important to prevent hospitalizations for severe high or low sugar episodes, and longterm complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, and amputations. ...Read more

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Do vaccines prevent sepsis?

Do vaccines prevent sepsis?

Certainly!: Vaccines are distinct biological triggers that "teach" our immune systems how to prevent and fight specific bacterial or viral illness without actually becoming ill from the pathogen. Vaccines for meningicoccus, pneumococcus, and h. Influenza infections do an amazing job of preventing catastrophic life-threatening illness such as sepsis and meningitis--often working quietly even w/o our awareness. ...Read more

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Precautions. For high protein patients?

Precautions. For high protein patients?

More clarity: It is not clear what your question is. If you could re-ask it with more details, someone will be more likely to be able to help you. ...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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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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Thalassemic patient with hypersplenism want toundergo bmt do you recommend splenectomy prior to bmt?

Thalassemic patient with hypersplenism want toundergo bmt  do you recommend splenectomy prior to bmt?

Not necessarily: I am assuming bmt is the ENT procedure but regardless, the main reasons to undergo a splenectomy are if the enlarged spleen is causing symptoms due to the size or if it is contributing to the anemia or causing severe leukopenia or thrombocytopenia. There are reasons not to do the splenectomy before such as sepsis. The decision is beyond a 400 character answer. ...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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Do tuberculosis tests count as preventive care?

Do tuberculosis tests count as preventive care?

Mgt: TB screening is performed as a first step in ruling out TB. If there are symptoms consistent with TB, your PCP will discuss the diagnosis and treatment with you. ...Read more

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Is mild neutropenia, mild lymphopenia, overall moderate leukopenia anything to be worried about? If so which precautions should I be taking. Thank you

Is mild neutropenia, mild lymphopenia, overall moderate leukopenia anything to be worried about? If so which precautions should I be taking. Thank you

Actual numbers: Would be helpful, but in the absence of mouth sores or recurrent infections one would not work up the neuts. Lymphs also may just be "your normal." a perusal of your meds would also be in order. ...Read more