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    I need assistance in the following discussion questions. The 2nd question has a link given below:

    1. Craft an infection control policy for a nursing home to provide protection of patients, staff, and visitors from infectious diseases.
    2. From the e-Activity article below, predict how the disease was transmitted and suggest how the start of the spread of this disease could have been prevented. Provide specific examples to support your response.
    Each response can be around 225 words.

    For question 2: Go to the CBS San Francisco local new Website and read the article titled "Potentially Fatal Bacterial Outbreak at San Francisco Hospital," dated July 7, 2011, located at http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/07/07/potentially-fatal-bacterial-outbreak-at-san-francisco-hospital/.

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    Infection Control Policy Nursing Home
    Standard precautions must be strictly adhered to for all patients. Standard Precautions are the minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient, in any setting where healthcare is delivered. Standard Precautions include:

    1. Hand hygiene
    Wash hands with soap and water when visibly soiled, or after caring for patients with known or suspected infectious diarrhea such as Clostridium difficile, or norovirus. Otherwise use of gel and foam hand sanitizer is acceptable before and after patient contact.
    2. Use of personal protective equipment
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to wearable equipment that is intended to protect workers and patients from exposure to or contact with infectious agents. Examples include gloves, gowns, face masks, respirators, goggles and face shields. Selection is based on patient potential to exposure from patient.
    3. Practice safe injection practices
    This includes never re-using any needle or syringe, as well as disposing of used syringes and needles immediately after use in a sharps container that is closable, puncture-resistant, and leak-proof.
    4. Cleaning of potentially contaminated equipment or surfaces in the patient environment
    Routine cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces is necessary and emphasis for cleaning ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution includes an infection control policy for a nursing home including proper hand hygiene, use of alcohol based rubs and hand washing. Also included is proper use of PPE when different precauctions exist such as standard precautions, contact precautions, and droplet precautions. Finally safe inection practices and proper cleaning of hosptial equipment is also included in this solution. A second portion of this solution provides an understanding to why a deadly outbreak of C. Diff was reported in a San Fransico hospital.