I was just really confused and it might be really simple if someone who knows explained it to me. I've been doing heaps of research and it's stressing me out because I need to understand this and I think I am confusing myself.
Just to clarify, are these correct (all relating to conjunctivitis):
1) Geriatric Infection Control issues: Things to look out for in preventing an infectious outbreak e.g
* Fomites from the pathogen on any object is an issue (causes weaker immune system).
* Patient placement (isolating patients - if they are contagious they can pass on the pathogen through contact transmission).
2) Transmission of the Infection: Direct contact transmission (touching eye and then touching your own eye). The chain of infection would include: Reservoir (pathogen), mode (direct contact), portal of entry (eyes), susceptible host (nurses or pts), exit (gentamicin), transfer to new host (rinse and repeat).
3) Breaking the Chain of Infection:
*Use Disinfectants to kill fomites.
*Use of personal protective outfit e.g gloves, gown, washing hands etc.