Ms. Jamison is a 37-year-old patient presenting to the emergency department with an ongoing fever and chills for the last three days. She recently received treatment for a urinary tract infection but confesses that she stopped her antibiotic regimen when her symptoms resolved. Upon assessment, her vital signs are T – 101.6 F, HR 115, RR 20, BP 96/54. The admitting physician has ordered a Basic Metabolic Profile, Complete Blood Cell Count, and Urinalysis. The results are still pending. Based upon what is known about Ms. Jamison at this time, how would you characterize her condition? What characteristics lead you to suspect your diagnosis?
Infection control practices are integral to health care workers and the patients and families that they serve. Proper infection control techniques enhance patient safety and are foundational to quality patient care. Partnering to Heal is a computer-based, video-simulation training program on infection control practices for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates. Visit these web simulations to review infection control scenarios and the implications of various care decisions.
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