This module will give you an overview of several serious infectious diseases that may present to your emergency department and will provide you information about how to protect your patients and yourself. It is not comprehensive but offers a starting point to apply to many potentially transmittable diseases.
After successfully completing this module you will be able to:
- Define infectious disease and transmission
- Identify methods required to protect yourself and your patients against the infectious diseases described here
- Recognize signs and symptoms of airborne infectious diseases that include severe respiratory infections/severe acute respiratory infections (SRI/SARS), influenza, pertussis, respiratory syncitial virus (RSV) and tuberculosis (TB)
- Recognize patients with potential for contact infectious diseases such as Avian Flu, meningitis, hepatitis, methacillian resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and vanocomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE)
- Triage and provide care for potentially infectious patients
- Identify patients that may be immunocompromised and be prepared for their care