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Unformatted text preview: Christman 1 Tiffany Christman/FTMYERS Professor Hazel HHSM/Weekly Forum 4 29 March 2010 Describe what is meant by Universal (or Standard) Precautions. Why is it important to use these precautions? In watching the movie Remaking American Medicine, I was startled to learn that 2 million people in America each year are infected by diseases caused by germs contracted from a medical professional and that of those, 100,000 have fatal results (Crosskeys Media LLC). Further startling is that this happens with such frequency that there is a term for it, nosocomial infections. To know that these are the infections that have slipped through the cracks how many million more lives have been spared because of the implementation of precautionary methods? I read a work by Dr. Stephen Abedon and I liked how he described the significance of the precautions as a [break in] the chain of transmission and how every step from hand washing between patients to utilizing single-use disposable equipment to even air filtration can...
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2010 for the course HMHS HMHS taught by Professor Hazel during the Spring '10 term at Heritage.
- Spring '10