- Surgical Site Infection (SSI): Surgical sites are particularly susceptible to infection. Your skin serves as a primary barrier against infection. Just like getting a cut on your knee, when your skin is broken, it opens the door for germs to enter and cause infection. The infection can manifest itself on the skin or deeper in the body. Surgical site infections are not always immediately apparent.
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI): Central lines may be inserted into patients who need fluids and intravenous medicines on a frequent basis. Most often, central lines are used in the ICU. Unfortunately, if inserted or cleaned improperly, central lines can allow germs to enter your blood system via the same tubes. These infections can be very serious, and are often deadly.
- Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI): Often patients are equipped with a catheter to remove urine while they recover in the hospital. These catheters are likely places to harbor germs that can result in infection. CAUTI is very common. Most CAUTIs are not serious, but they can lead to serious problems if they enter the bloodstream.
- Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP): Ventilator-associated pneumonia is an infection that can happen when germs get into the tubing that is helping the patient breathe. VAP can be very serious, as patients that need assistance to breathe are often very ill and susceptible to infection due to their weakened state.
- Clostridium difficile: This infection is frequently referred to as c-diff, and can cause diarrhea. Patients on antibiotics and the elderly are more likely to contract it.
- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA): MRSA is a skin infection that can be particularly dangerous, as it can be resistant to antibiotics. It spreads by contact. It is also called a staph infection.
- Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE): This germ lives in the intestines and in the female genital track. It typically doesn’t present a problem, but when it does, it can result in an infection of the urinary tract, bloodstream, or skin wounds.
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What kinds of infections could I get in the hospital?
Hospital Safety Score answeredHospitals are breeding grounds for infection. You can get an infection from devices, equipment, friends, and caregivers. Despite efforts to avoid them, some of the most common are:
How long does acute hepatitis last?
Acute hepatitis can last from a few weeks to six months. Full recovery of the liver occurs within one to six months of clearing the infection. Although symptoms of nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fever can occur suddenly, most symptoms subside after a few days. People with the hepatitis A virus will develop antibodies to this strain of hepatitis virus, preventing them from becoming infected with hepatitis A again.
What are the signs of viral hepatitis?
Riverside Health System answered
Some people with viral hepatitis have no signs of the infection. For other people, these signs might occur:Low grade fever Headache Muscle aches Tiredness Loss of appetite Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements Pain in the stomach Skin and whites of the eyes turning yellow, also called jaundice
This answer is based on source information from The Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information.
What role does infectious disease play in a pandemic?
Any disease caused by a microorganism that is capable of spreading through a population can be termed an infectious disease. An infectious disease is capable of spreading through the general environment by means such as airborne droplets and tainted water or contaminated personal items. Other diseases caused by microorganisms that spread by direct person-to-person contact are more accurately termed contagious diseases. Infectious diseases are often capable of spreading faster and affecting more individuals than are contagious diseases, though both types can and have caused pandemic outbreaks. Historically pandemics typically involve the outbreak of some specific infectious disease.
Should I get vaccinated for hepatitis?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredYou'll need a one-time vaccine for hepatitis A and B if a doctor thinks it's necessary -- for example, because you are human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive or exposed to blood on the job, or you travel to countries where the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is common. It's recommended not only for adults in certain high-risk groups, but also for anyone who wants to prevent HBV.
What increases my risk for hepatitis?
Your risk of hepatitis increases if you are a healthcare worker in the field of dentistry, medicine, and rehabilitative care, including nursing homes. Intravenous drug users and people who have unprotected sex and/or multiple sexual partners also run a higher risk of becoming infected with a hepatitis virus. Other factors that can increase your risk of hepatitis include the following:
- contact with infected saliva from shared eating utensils or drinking ware
- contact with infected blood (needles, shared razors, toothbrushes, etc.)
- travel to areas in the world where hepatitis is common
- give or receive tattoos
- receive an organ transplant
- drink contaminated water or eat contaminated foods
- share items or eat food handled by someone who hasn't washed their hands after using the bathroom
- using or abusing alcohol
- family member with recent hepatitis A
- blood transfusion before 1990
Mothers infected with hepatitis B or C can pass the infection onto their newborn during birth. People with HIV or AIDS and other autoimmune disease also have a higher risk of becoming infected with a hepatitis virus.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What are infections?
Infections occur when harmful organisms enter your body and multiply, which then creates disease. Infections can be the result of many different types of organisms, such as viruses (viral infections), bacteria (bacterial infections), parasites (parasitic infections), or fungi (fungal infections). Because there are so many types of infections, they can present with many different symptoms and treatments.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What precautions should I take if traveling abroad with my elderly parent?
UCLA Health answeredPeople booking a journey to a developing or otherwise exotic locale should plan ahead to make sure they don’t put themselves at risk for infections endemic to that region. Sometimes there are special concerns for the oldest travelers. For the elderly, along with regular precautions, traveler’s insurance that guarantees they can be flown to a developed country if they require treatment while abroad is recommended.
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