Journal Scenario #1: Infectious Diseases
Stop and Think!
The sign in the nursing building bathroom read, “Dirty hands spread disease. Always use soap.” Dave rinsed his hands with water, gave his hair a quick finger-through, and then rushed into the hallway, already late for his biology class.
There was an overwhelming smell as he entered the classroom, and he could immediately tell why: on each counter was sitting the day’s project, a fetal pig.
“Do these things have to stink?” he asked the teacher. “Well, Dave, if they didn’t ‘stink’ of the formaldehyde, they would be rotting and could be spreading disease. “Now let’s get started”, the teacher said. At the end of class period, they were told, “Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before leaving this classroom,”
This reminded Dave of the lectures they had earlier in the semester about diseases caused by pathogens and how these diseases are spread. As he looked around the classroom, Dave was aware of his other classmates. Most were gathering up their books to go directly to lunch without washing their hands, Gail and Susan were sharing a bottle of water, Beth was rubbing her eyes, and Jim was coughing without covering his mouth.
Suddenly, Dave had a mental image of pathogens everywhere: crawling on his hands, lying on counter tops, floating in the air – and all of these pathogens were looking for someone to infect! Dave shook his head to get rid of this mental image. Then he went to the sink and carefully washed his hands again- this time with soap and water.
Before you scroll down for the assignment, please read or watch current topics in the news. Please select 4 links to preview.
Category 1: Handwashing
The Power of Handwashing to Prevent Coronavirus (Links to an external site.)A
Infection Prevention in Hospitals: The Importance of Hand Hygiene (Links to an external site.)
Category 2: Vaccinations
Concerns over Doctors Providing Vaccine Exemptions (Links to an external site.)
Measles Outbreak grows in Pacific Northwest, 31 Cases Reported (Links to an external site.)
Mayo Clinic: COVID 19 Vaccine: Get the Facts (Links to an external site.)
Assignment: Tying it all together!
Please use the information from the Weeks Reading from the book (Chapters 1-3), Lecture, Current Events, and Discussion to Answer the following questions in paragraph or numbered question answer format. (Remember to type your answers).
What are your immediate thoughts about this scenario?
What are pathogens, explain in detail and provide examples?
Explain how far we have come, what were our past concerns and current concerns, changes in Healthcare, and the importance of stopping the “Chain of Infection”.
Explain the role of Technology and advances in Science in each of the above scenarios and current events.
Explain the role of Health and Human Services and the CDC. What is their role when it comes to infectious diseases?
How does this all tie into Healthcare and Healthcare services?
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Discipline: Allied Health