Application of Epidemiology Essay

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Application of Epidemiology – A Case Study William Ward Jr. Dr. Kimberly Taylor HAS 535 Managerial Epidemiology July 28, 2014 Table of Contents Introduction ……………………………………………….. 3-4 Good Health Hospital Records …………………………….. 4-5 Questions ……………………………………………………5-7 Target Audience ……………………………………………. 7-9 Safety Protocol ……………………………………………... 9-10 Introduction Patients are more likely to acquire nosocomial infections while being treated in the hospital for other illnesses. Inweregbu, Dave, and Pittard (2005) state nosocomial infections can be defined as those occurring within 48 hours of hospital admission, 3 days of discharge or 30 days of an operation. Patients are also exposed to other infections while staying in the hospitals, such as E. coli. Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacteria usually found in warm blooded organisms such as human and animal intestines. It is known that there are large groups of E. coli, but most strains are harmless. Some other strains of the bacteria may cause diarrhea, respiratory illness and food poisoning. The strain O157:H7 can cause kidney failure or severe anemia. E. coli exposure can be in the form of food, water, uncooked meat and raw vegetables. Some common symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, severe stomach cramps, stomach tenderness and diarrhea containing blood. E. coli is commonly found in meat served in hospital and other health care facilities cafeterias. In a (2014) article of Science Daily, It’s reported that more than 80 percent of raw chicken used in hospitals in food for patients and staff was contaminated with a form of antibiotic resistant bacteria called extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing E. coli. While sufficient preparation eliminated the presence of bacteria, poultry meat delivered to hospitals kitchens remains a potential point of entry for these dangerous

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