Work is Hazardous to My Health - page 5

I almost died today. A man comes into my busy level 1 trauma center with ALOC and no known cause. The sister says he has had a fever for the last couple of days and developed hives yesterday. The paramedics think he probably... Read More

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    We are exposed to so many organisms as nurses it's hard to really take an inventory. Usually, the body builds a good immunity overtime and we are able to fight off many we come in contact with. However, there are certain blood borne infections that I as nurse worry about being exposed to; one is hepatitis B-C. Where I work the risk is very high as one can be exposed to body fluids and blood so easily.

    Also, many nurses if not all of us have been exposed to MRSA via our nasal passages. This can be an ugly one as it can lay silent in the body for years waiting for your immune system to be compromised and then it will rear it's ugly head. MRSA grows stronger everyday it's becoming a big problem to treat, as many antibiotics are resistant.

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    Is it the same fever one would have if they have a bacterial infection like meningitis?
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    CodeteamB; Is it the same fever one would have if they have a bacterial infection like meningitis? I did see a few OD's one with Tylenol where we had to do dialysis for. I never remember a fever, but as put I have not seen many ODs.
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    "The germs that cause bacterial meningitis can be contagious. Some bacteria can spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (e.g., kissing). Fortunately, most of the bacteria that cause meningitis are not as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu. Also, the bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. Other meningitis-causing bacteria are not spread person-to-person, but can cause disease because the person has certain risk factors (such as a weak immune system or head trauma). Unlike other bacterial causes of meningitis, you can get Listeria monocytogenes by eating contaminated food." CDC http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/bacterial.html#transmission
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    Quote from dalpncRN
    CodeteamB; Is it the same fever one would have if they have a bacterial infection like meningitis? I did see a few OD's one with Tylenol where we had to do dialysis for. I never remember a fever, but as put I have not seen many ODs.
    Yes, it is common with an anticholinergic (such as benedryl) OD to have a patient with a high fever.

    Check this link for more info

    http://www.umaryland.edu/sebin/c/q/J...Toxtidbits.pdf

    An example of a misleading set of symptoms similar to the one described above is here

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9365431/
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    I'm going to try this one more time. Does anyone consider/has anyone received the meningitis vaccine?
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    I got it when I was younger. Possibly when I was in nursing school, but I can't remember.

    If I need it, I don't really have a problem with getting it.
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    Quote from Sadala
    I'm going to try this one more time. Does anyone consider/has anyone received the meningitis vaccine?
    I did get the meningitis vaccine almost 3 years ago, because I was entering a university program. It was free.
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    It was fun reading this! I am glad you are ok, be careful next time!
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    I got it when I was younger. Possibly when I was in nursing school, but I can't remember.

    If I need it, I don't really have a problem with getting it.
    Thanks for answering Jeweles. I plan to use standard precautions always. That said, sh*t happens and nothing is fool proof. I have low wbc/plts too. Hell, all my counts are low, lol. I just really want to be at my best and not coming down with things and spreading them. I'm doing supplements but I think I will check and see which immunizations I can use to really tighten things up. I HAVE been saved by immunizations in my adult life before, so I really want to follow up with this so I can be an effective and safe health care worker.


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