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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

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In the hosp. With neutropenic percautions, and lg. Spleen thought i had leukemia did not test now my WBC are normal could i still have leukemia or no?

In the hosp. With neutropenic percautions, and lg. Spleen thought i had leukemia did not test now my WBC are normal could i still have leukemia or no?

Clarification Pls...: If i'm hearing you right, you had an illness characterized by neutropenia and a large spleen. Your dr. Was concerned you could have leukemia, but decided to wait to do a definitive test, which is a bone marrow aspirate/biopsy. Now your counts have normalized. Many infections can produce neutropenia with an enlarged spleen and overall elevated wbcs. Stay in touch with your dr until u figure it out. ...Read more

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Is pancytopenia same as neutropenia?

Related terms: Neutropenia refers to low numbers of a type of white blood cells called neutrophils. Pancytopenia refers to low numbers of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Pancytopenic patients are therefore usually neutropenic but the reverse is not always true. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have cyclic neutropenia?

It is not: It is normal for the neutrophil number to wax and wane, but when this is in the very low, ie neutropenic, range it is potentially serious. Additional warning signs would be chronic mouth sores or recurrent bacterial infections. ...Read more

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Is chronic neutropenia a type of leukemia?

Is chronic neutropenia a type of leukemia?

No: Chronic neutropenia is not a type of leukemia. However, a very low neutrophil count can increase the risk for serious and recurrent infections. ...Read more

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Can alcohol cause or exacerbate neutropenia?

Can alcohol cause or exacerbate neutropenia?

Immunity: Yes. Alcohol, especially frequent and/ or over use, can interfere with your immune function. It can interfere with your nutrition and the absorption of nutrients. ...Read more

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Are neutrophilia and neutropenia the same disease?

Are neutrophilia and neutropenia the same disease?

No: They're the opposite: neutropenia is a low number of neutrophils, a type of infection-fighting white blood cell. Neutophlia is a high number of neutrophils (also referred to as neutrophilic leukocytosis). Neither is a disease. These are just descriptive terms for laboratory abnormalities. ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does neutropenia postive mean?

Low neutrophils: Let's break the word down into its parts. Neutrophils are the most important bacteria-fighting cell. "~penia" means lack of something in the blood. Neutro + penia means you do not have a normal number of infection-fighting neutrophils, and are at risk of infection. Another "penia" might be thrombocytopenia, which is not enough platelets (which help our blood clot) ...Read more

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Does my neutropenia cause me to be tired all the time?

Isolated neutropenia: Should not affect your energy level typically. This would be more commonly associated with anemia. If you have a known neutropenic condition and persistent fatigue, or any fever, you need to be seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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What is abosulte neutropenia and relative eosinophilia?

What is abosulte neutropenia and relative eosinophilia?

Neutropenia is....: Defined 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. Eosinophils are another type of granulocyte. They play a role in combating parasitic infections. They are ~1-3% of wbcs. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic cyclic neutropenia and how is it treated?

What is idiopathic cyclic neutropenia and how is it treated?

Depends: It is a disorder where the neutrophil count is low in a cyclical pattern. To make the diagnosis, a CBC needs to be checked twice weekly for a few weeks. Typically the patient has recurrent infections. A bone marrow biopsy may need to be done to rule out other disorders. If it needs treatment, then Neupogen is given. This raises the white count. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I fracturred my shoulder i have.Neutropenia .Will.It.Take.Longer.To heal?

It shouldn't: Not unless you have a profound neutropenia that will actually put you at grave risk for bacterial infection. You mention a low neutrophil count but no specific diagnosis. Unless it's extreme, it usually means nothing. If you're going about your normal business healthy with a lab value somewhat off, my best advice is to stop worrying. ...Read more

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When you are diagnosed with cronic neutropenia, does that mean it's a type of leukemia?

Not always: Neutropenia means low numbers of white blood cells. One of the many causes of neutropenia is bone marrow failure due to leukemia or a condition called myelodysplastic syndrome(mds). A good hematologist can check you and guide you to find the cause and a solution with proper treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have neutropenia and thrombocytopenia and am scared to death. what is happening?

Your right to know: You have not only a right but a duty to find out what's going on. You're not in danger from low platelets if they're above 50,000, even if you get hurt, or low neutrophils until they're below about 500. You have a responsibility to find why they're low -- often it's meds, or it may just be you. Get a full medical workup, including a HIV check and a lupus check. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I just found out that my MRSA is active im a carrier. Also I have neutropenia how does this effect my care?

See : You don't need to do anything as long as you feel healthy. You should additionally visit and discuss the issue with your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of neutropenia?

Neutropenia is......: Divided by severity: <500 is severe, 500-1000 moderate and 1000-1500 mild. Pts with severe neutropenia, for whatever reason, are at increased risk for life threatening infections, and symptoms vary for folks across this continuum. Mucosal erosions and gingival inflammation are common. The main thing to be concerned about is the infection risk, and of course discerning cause so it can be rx'd. ...Read more

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What can be done to correct neutropenia?

Like most deficiency: If you dont have enough of something, its because you either don't make it, you lose it or you hide it. Neutropenia is no different. As examples, marrow failure or infiltration (not making them), autoimmune neutropenia (losing them), margination (hiding them), can all cause neutropenia. There are many other causes that fit into one of these categories. Treatment ranges from none to transplant. ...Read more

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What happens to a person with chronic neutropenia?

What happens to a person with chronic neutropenia?

If you are the one..: Who is neutropenic, at 33yo, you would likely know the answer to the question if your neutropenia was clinically significant. You would have had recurrent bacterial infections, some even life threatening. If your asking for someone else, it depends on the cause of the neutropenia. If the neutropenia is clinically significant, you need to be vigilant and contact your dr for anyfever/infection. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat idiopathic neutropenia?

Full evaluation: Idiopathic neutropenia is a diagnosis of exclusion (all the other possibilities should be ruled out first) so it is very important that this diagnosis be correct and should be confirmed by a hematologist/oncologist who may need to do a bone marrow biopsy. ...Read more