Basic Infection Control for Health Care Providers, Third Edition, is a clear and concise guide to preventing occupational exposure hazards and communicable and infectious diseases. Written at a level that assumes no prior knowledge of infectious disease, this book includes coverage on how to safely protect oneself from infectious agents and what to do in case of infectious exposure. This book is equally applicable for any healthcare field, including medical assistant, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, nursing assistant, dental professionals, respiratory therapy, diagnostic imaging, long-term care, massage therapy, and emergency medicine. Other occupations with potential exposure to infectious disease, such as tattoo artists, law enforcement, food service, corrections, fire service, childcare, and education, will benefit from the clear and concise discussions of the disease process, protection from communicable disease, and post-exposure protocols. Background information such as legal issues and the immune system provide a clear context regarding exposure and infectious diseases. The blend of fundamental infection control content and reference resources makes this tool perfect for use in an instructional setting or as a reference for anyone at risk of occupational exposure to infectious disease.
Unit 1: Infection Control.
1. Introduction to Infection Control.
2. Legal Issues.
3. The Disease Process.
4. The Immune System.
5. Protection from Communicable Disease in the Workplace.
6. Protection from Infectious Agents Used as Weapons.
7. Exposure Determination.
8. Post Exposure.
Unit 2: Infectious Diseases.
9. Diseases Caused by Bacteria
10. Diseases Caused by Fungi.
11. Diseases Caused by Parasites.
12. Diseases Caused by Viruses.
Mike Kennamer, Ed.D., NRP, currently serves as Dean of Workforce Development at Northeast Alabama Community College. Dr. Kennamer has authored several books and video series, and has contributed to a number of projects, including both print and web-based projects. His experience in teaching in and administering a variety of allied health programs gives him a strong foundation from which to write. Kennamer also serves as President/CEO of Kennamer Media Group, a content development and content management company whose core values include integrity, quality and focus.
Knowledge Checks – Allow each student to assess his knowledge before moving on to more advanced content.
Objective-Based – Each learning objective is clearly set forth and is thoroughly explained before moving on to more advanced content.
New Disease Chapters – New chapters provide a ready reference for diseases that are caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi.
More Diseases – Additional diseases have been added.
Updated – Legal and regulatory sections have been updated and modernized.
Two Units – The book is clearly divided into two units: Infection Control and Infectious Diseases, so that readers may quickly locate the information they need.
Alerts call attention to important information of which health professionals should be aware
Case Study and Questions for Discussion features are designed to encourage critical thinking
Key Terms – New terms are defined in their first occurrence.
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