Posted: September 26th, 2017
If an outbreak of measles occurred in your community, how would it affect your community at a systems level, how would it affect the economy, schools, healthcare facilities, transportation. Predict the effect of an outbreak on the FUNCTIONING of your city/county. Assume the worst-case scenario and address things like hospital overflow, transportation issues, economic productivity, schools, and government offices. How would the hospitals handle it, would they have the staff, could they handle the influx of patients, or put others at Would it overburden the health system of the community, etc.?
Part A4. REPORTING PROTOCOL. As a community health nurse, who would you report a new case to? Who would they report it to? Review this Chain of Command Example and p 531-2 in Foundations of nursing in the community: Community-oriented practice. What is your county’s reporting process? Your state legislature should have laws for the reporting of communicable diseases when suspected or actual. What does your Public Health Department, local and state level, indicate for reporting communicable disease? What organization ultimately collects and manages this information at the national level? How are these agencies notified? How rapidly must they complete the reporting? You may want to review this link as well – https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/data-collection.html.
Part A5. They are asking you how you would report the outbreak to stakeholders (people in leadership) in the community using communication tools. It’s most important that you describe how you will communicate (press releases to the media, alert systems, local “health area networks”, etc.). Since you are supposed to be discussing a specific community you should provide some examples of key stakeholders in your community like the mayor, school superintendent, hospital CEOs, etc.
Part A6. Discuss two strategies (e.g., patient education strategies, community education strategies) that you would recommend to PREVENT AN OUTBREAK in your community. You may want to review the following, Infection, Don’t Pass it on!.
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