Following are links to some basic information about important health issues facing today's families.




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Infection Control.

Controlling infection is an ongoing battle with patients and healthcare providers alike. While the understanding of wound care and infection control has deepened over the years, the ability of bacteria and viruses to mutate continues to keep the healthcare profession in a game of cat and mouse.

While infections aren't necessarily dangerous or harmful on their own, they can become so if left untreated or unchecked. In fact, infections can lead to increased complications that can lead to further need for surgery, aggressive intervention, and in worst case scenarios, removal of the infected tissue, organ or mass.

As anyone knows, controlling infections and promoting healing can become more difficult with the passage of time. As people age, their autoimmune systems become less responsive to infection and it takes longer to heal. This, along with the inability to properly care of wounds and infections, can increase the risks dramatically. That is why it is often necessary to acquire in-home care during rehabilitation and healing, particularly after an injury or major surgery where infections are most likely to crop up. Professional care can more readily assess the healing process and intervene before infections become complex or even critical.

MRSA

Recent reports of MRSA have caused a lot of people to be concerned about infection control, particularly in care facilities such as hospitals, nursing centers, etc.

MRSA occurs when Staphylococcus aureus enters the body through the bloodstream or a wound. With proper preventative measures, including good hand hygiene, MRSA can be controlled and infections minimized.

Infection management

Managing infections is a fairly straightforward process. The basic principles of care include:

  • Providing an environment that promotes rapid healing
  • Minimizing the use of antimicrobial agents that can affect human cells negatively
  • Using antimicrobial agents to reduce the spread of resistant strains
  • Maintaining a properly clean and sterile environment, particularly when it comes to cleaning the hands and any other parts of the body that can spread bacteria easily to a wound or the bloodstream

For those who are unable to provide the proper level of care, it's recommended that an in-home care professional be brought in to promote rapid healing and recovery of the infection, wound or surgical closures.

Adapted from materials provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


 


 

 

 

 

 

 




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