Dear Nurses

Friday, April 13, 2007

WHAT IF YOUR PATIENT HAD E-COLI?


Hi guys,

Hope you had a good Easter. This last week in Orange County, California, there was an E-coli scare at a salad bar. There is still doubt how this all got started. Several customers reported food poisoning and I guess some hospitalization was involved. WHAT IF YOUR PATIENT IS ADMITTED WITH E- COLI , WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT IT REALLY MEANS?
E-coli is a type of bacteria that normally live in the intestines. If it gets into food, it can cause gastro-intestinal symptoms.Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, dehydration from excessive fluid loss are signs and symptoms. If your patient has a diagnosis of E-coli infection , here are some helpful hints :
- follow MD orders.
- careful handwashing and disposal of linen etc. Avoid putting linens on the floor, especially if they are soiled.
- monitor and document the frequency of BMs , color and quantity.
- document quantity, color and frequency of emesis .
- monitor vital signs ; a drop in blood pressure and a rapid pulse are signs of dehydration.
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