Updated Norovirus Outbreak Management and Disease Prevention Guidelines - page 2

cdc stresses hand washing to prevent norovirus infections the cdc, in updated guidelines, underscored that hand hygiene is the key to prevent norovirus infections, noting that use of soap and water is a more proven... Read More

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    We just recently had a outbreak of norovirus in the LTC facilty that I work in. It was awful. Most of the residents and many of the staff members were very ill. Staffing was awful, because everyone was off sick. (Worse yet, they wrote people up for being sick with norovirus that they caught at work.) Knock on wood, I think we've finally come to the end of this in our facility for now. My hands are still recovering from the handwashing every 5 minutes.

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    We had an outbreak and I was the "dirty nurse" who took care of them exclusively to try to contain it. I emptyed my pockets and took nothing that was "mine" into the wing where we'd put the pts. I also put on PPE like it was the end of the world --- mask, gloves, gown, shoe covers AND eye protection (was thinking about aerosoled particles). The infection control nurse had a fit, said I was wasting materials, but she stopped when it turned out that I was the only...ONLY...dirty nurse who didn't eventually come down with it. So, I believe it's aerosoled. FYI, I also put a pen in every room. The only thing that went room to room was me.
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    We had an outbreak and I was the "dirty nurse" who took care of them exclusively to try to contain it. I emptyed my pockets and took nothing that was "mine" into the wing where we'd put the pts. I also put on PPE like it was the end of the world --- mask, gloves, gown, shoe covers AND eye protection (was thinking about aerosoled particles). The infection control nurse had a fit, said I was wasting materials, but she stopped when it turned out that I was the only...ONLY...dirty nurse who didn't eventually come down with it. So, I believe it's aerosoled. FYI, I also put a pen in every room. The only thing that went room to room was me.
    Nerd, why do you always get to be the dirty nurse? Good idea about those pens. I do believe that you were the ONLY one not to get it, and that is only because you did use all those precautions.

    I have seen almost all staff in some facilities come down with it so it is rather too easy to get with just depending on hand washing and gloves. I caught it twice over the years before I wised up. Never again do I want to feel that sick or helpless!
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    Indigo, I was the only one without a small child at home. I wanted to "borrow" one of my cousins...*grin*
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    Yeah I've had this twice. Once in 2007 and again in 2009. Horrid, horrid disease. Spent about 16 hours sleeping next to the toilet both times.

    The 2nd time it came on at work. I felt a little odd when I went in at 7pm and by 1 was running to the bathroom every few minutes. Had a friend come pick me up at 2am.

    It's amazing how quickly it sets in and, once I was finally done vomiting and having diarrhea, how famished I felt.
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    I got this a year ago at work. I thought at first I had ate something funny cause after emptying my stomach, I felt fine and I had overate. Until I got to work and started to walk. Vomit-city. It was only a mandatoried cna and myself plus the nurses. Every few rooms, I'd vomit. By morning, a house charge heard me hurling again and sent me home. It was snowing and I almost wrecked on the way home. I had the runs but it was what I called "controlled" ie it'd be liquid when I would go but I wasn't needing to go all the time like everyone else who got it.


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