Chain of Infection

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How can communicable diseases be broken at a link within the communicable disease chain? Are there steps that a nurse can take to facilitate this process? Give a specific example. Use an example that is different than the postings of other students. There are six links in the Chain of Infection. Those areas include: 1. The infectious agent itself- 2. The reservoir where the infectious agent can live and multiply or lie dormant until the organism can find the opportunity to cause disease 3. The susceptible host 4. A means of Transmission 5. A portal of exit 6. A portal of re-entry Each link in this chain must be intact for a disease to be transmitted and infect another person. There is the potential to defeat a…show more content…
(Conner et al., 2012) Contact precautions include many of the same elements found in the Standard Precautions requirements- including: *Wearing gloves when caring for patients or coming in contact with items that may contain high concentrations of microorganisms. *Wearing gowns when it is anticipated that clothing will have contact with infectious patients or items in the patients’ environment. *Wearing a mask when it is anticipated that aerosolized exposure to infectious microorganisms is possible. *Face protection (goggles, face shield) when it is anticipated that splash or sneezing exposure is possible. *Ensuring that precautions are maintained during transport. *Adequately cleaning and disinfection patient care equipment and items before use with each patient. *When Patient transport is necessary, barriers (gown, gloves) should be used to reduce the opportunity for transmission of microorganisms to other patients, personnel, and visitors and to reduce contamination of the environment. *Non-critical equipment (equipment that touches intact skin) contaminated with blood, body fluids, secretions, or excretions, should be cleaned and disinfected after each use, according to the

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