Merging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases

Introduction

Week 3: Emerging and Re-Emerging Infections Across the Lifespan

Infections, if not treated properly, can lead to potentially fatal complications that otherwise could have been prevented. Unfortunately, patients in a hospital who are sick or recovering from surgery are at greater risk of developing infections. While hospitals and other medical facilities have strict policies about cleanliness and have measures in place to help prevent the spread of infectious organisms, it is not always possible to be 100% effective, as there is no firewall protection against viruses and potential infections. For this reason it is critical that nurses and other medical workers be aware of potential hazards and recognize symptoms of infection.

With this in mind, this week you will consider the many emerging and re-emerging infections that a patient can contract and how the quality of care provided by a nurse can help ameliorate the situation. Nurses have an obligation to learn about potential diseases or infections, their symptoms, and the best course for treatment. This week, you will review different types of infections that may occur during hospitalization and how nurses can improve the care provided.

Objectives

By the end of this week, students will be able to:
i??Identify the major emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases across the lifespan
i??Analyze the BSN nurses role in preventing and managing nosocomial infections.

Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases

As presented in this weeks readings, many individuals actually acquire infections as a result of being treated in a hospital. As you know, hospitals are no longer being reimbursed for services required when patients acquire these types of infections.

Medical errors, the spread of infection, and other types of patient safety issues are frequently heard about on the evening news. In a newspaper or lay magazine, locate an article about emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases.

Summarize the articles you selected and provide the reference. Then, address the following: i??What implications does the article have for BSN nursing practice?
i??What is the BSN nurses role in preventing and managing nosocomial infections?
Support your response with references from the professional nursing literature with APA format and in text citation.
Resources:
i??Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Ebola virus disease: Information for healthcare workers and settings. Retrieved from index.html?s_cidcs_4318
Also see the attached articles for references please.
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