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Applications Of Epidemiology Case Study

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Applications of Epidemiology-A case study
Analyze Good Health Hospital’s records and itemize recent nosocomial infections that occurred within the past year. In your report, categorize the different parameters (i.e. person, time, place and ethnicity and gender) used in the compilation of data into the information summative.
Hypothetically, Good Health Hospital is assumed to have possessed nosocomial infections as in any real hospitals where patients seek admission for treatment. According to Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH), a healthcare associated infection (HAI) which is also known as nosocomial infection is an infection ...view middle of the document...

Rationalize, in your report, the logic behind your six (6) questions.
There is no doubt that healthcare providers and their facilities have some obligations to legal duty of the care they provide their patients. As a result, they must execute such a degree of care and professional skill which could necessarily be anticipated of a standard wise experts. According to (Beckmann, 1998), “nosocomial infections poses a major threat for hospitalized patients, and if failed to provide a safe environment for your patient, it could become a legal threat to your facility”. For example, Ms. Summers sued, contending that proper care of the I.V. insertion site would have prevented the infection and subsequent amputation of her leg if the nurses had not failed to assess her infected arms and leg systematically (Beckmann, 1998).It is important for every leader in the healthcare setting to be aware of nosocomial infections which are a major source of morbidity and mortality in hospital settings afflicting an estimated 2 million patients in the United states each year. Therefore, it is very important for the health care administrator at Good Health Hospitals to be provided with the below listed questions concerning possible lawsuit matters in connection to infections from the nosocomial diseases.
1. As health care administrator what experienced have you had about nosocomial infections considering the economic burden it imposes on health care system?
2. As health care administrator of Good Health Hospital, how do you plan to prevent your organization from lawsuit cases with infections from health associated infections?
3. Outline strategies that will be used to minimize the frequency of the following nosocomial infections: a. bloodstream infections, b. urinary tract infections, c. surgical site infections and d. ventilator –associated pneumonia.
4. State your primary goal of nosocomial infections control and explain how you will implement your plans to achieve your goal and avoid legal action against your organization for nosocomial diseases?
5. What protocols must be available to assist in the management of patients with suspected or confirmed viral infections in the health care facility? Why hand hygiene is the most important defenses against nosocomial transmission of viruses and must be based on continuing education of staff and strict adherence to infection control policies?
6. Name the main courses that you would like for all your staff to be trained against nosocomial infections and that which will enable them to prevent future lawsuit.
7. What policies would you create and distribute for all staff members to implement without excuse considering potential litigation problems with infection from the HAIs?
The important reason for these questions is that so many writers have reported the negative impacts of nosocomial infections on health care providers and the health care settings. According to Thomas, Rial and Rouge (2002), “Infections...

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