Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases

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Walden University

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The high cases of hospital infections and re-infections in modernhealth care facilities have remained a major issue in the last fewdecades. Health care workers and facilities need to work towards thereduction of hospital infections (Zhang et al, 2008). In a recentcase in the news, a woman has sued Duarte hospital in Los Angeles asa result of hospital related infections. The woman has accused thedoctors in the hospital of failing to take precautions to prevent theinfection. After a procedure that was carried out in 2004, the womandeveloped an infection know as pneumococcal sepsis as a resultof the medical workers in the hospital failing to follow thedocumented procedure. According to the woman, the hospital “choseto ignore their own written procedure and did not give her therequired pneumococcal vaccinations following the transplant”(Rylah, 2014). This is one of the numerous cases in newspapers andother media.

This article is bad news to the nursing practice and the health caresystem. Although it contains limited information, the subject matterhas significant impact on the heath care system. However, more needto be done to reduce medical errors and hospital infections further.Nurses are the primary caregiver in any medical facility. They shouldtherefore play a key role in preventing medical errors and managingnosocomial infections. Nurses have a responsibility of ensuring thatnursing principles and hospital protocols as well as standardoperating procedures are followed to reduce medical errors. Time hascome for all medical workers to understand the gravity of the problemand appreciate the fact that their clients should feel safe and leavethe medical facility healthier (William, 2012).


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