A report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights some of the most important precautions nurses need in their practice.
It recommends that all infected workers be monitored for symptoms, including the most common symptoms of the plague, which can include fever, headache, muscle aches and diarrhea.
The report also outlines the key things nurses should do to protect themselves and their families.
“A critical role for the nurse is to provide the health care team with information about the potential for the spread of the disease and other information that may be helpful in preventing infection,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a statement.
“The health care provider must also make sure that the nurse understands that patients should not become isolated or put themselves at risk.
That includes the importance of isolating patients, who are at increased risk for transmission from the patient and from other members of the care team.”
The CDC report also advises that nurses who are infected should take their health care professionals to the hospital or other healthcare provider immediately to have their temperature checked.
The agency says if your health care professional is sick and has no fever, it is not necessary to stay in the hospital.
However, it recommends that if you are sick, you should stay in your home for at least two hours to allow the virus to be cleared and to be tested.
The CDC says you should also seek medical care if you experience any of the following symptoms:Vomiting or diarrhea