What is infectious disease epidemiology?
- Complicated Urinary Tract Infections
- Tropical Diseases such as Malaria
- How to Prevent Infectious Diseases
There are several easy steps you can take to prevent you or your family from being affected.
- Wash your hands. Don’t be lazy. Turn on the sink and grab some soap after preparing food, before eating, and after using the restroom.
- Avoid touching your eyes, noses, or mouth with your hands. This gives germs a doorway into your body.
- Make sure you’re up to date on all your vaccinations. These are there for a reason because they help protect you, your family members, and others from nasty and unpleasant disease. This is especially important if you’re planning on traveling soon.
- Prepare your food safely. Cutting corners can be easy. But make sure you keep your counters clean, especially when it comes to dealing with raw meat. Cook meat at the right required temperatures, and store all your food correctly.
- Sharing doesn’t always mean caring. Avoid sipping form other people’s drinks or habits like borrowing toothbrushes or brushes.
- It’s hard to nail down exactly how these infections get spread. It can be through direct contact like person to person or animal to person, or it can be indirect contacts like insect bites or food contamination. Be smart and vigilant, and you should be okay.
Infectious Diseases Specialists Vital in Long-Term C facilities
- Implement antibiotic stewardship: Overuse of antibiotics is costly and leads to antibiotic resistance, a major concern for hospitals, long-term care facilities, and patients. Like isolation, antibiotics often are prescribed unnecessarily. Every time we can take someone off of an antibiotic we can decrease the likelihood that an organism may become resistant to the antibiotic. In other cases, we can make a difference in care by switching from an intravenous to an oral antibiotic. In an outbreak situation, rapid identification and treatment of infected patients may limit the spread of the disease, and decrease the morbidity to the patients. Appropriately utilizing antibiotics is a critical component of patient care in the long-term care facility and another place where significant cost savings can be realized.
Ideally, all long-term care facilities would have access to infectious disease physicians. In situations where this is not feasible, emerging telemedicine techniques and creative staffing, such as specialized training for nurses and other medical staff at a facility, may provide a solution. As the population ages and their comorbidities and illnesses become more serious, the need for ID consultation will only increase. Ultimately, the most important benefit of ID consultation is patient satisfaction and improved quality of life for them and their families. Russell M. Petrak, M.D. is the managing partner, Metro Infectious Diseases Consultants, in Burr Ridge, IL.
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