Caring for Patients with Infectious Diseases
Identifying chronic infectious diseases
Classifying infectious diseases
Understand the diagnosis of AIDS.
Know the clinical manifestations and complications ofAIDS.
Understand HIV transmission and risk factors.
Provide education regardingAIDS.
Know standard precautions
Know the assessment and diagnostic findings ofAIDS.
Knowledge of treatments for HIV infection.
Be aware of nursing care and support measures nurses provide.
Acknowledge the collaborative care with other health care professionals when caring for
Understand the emotional concerns of patients withAIDS. Understand the diagnosis of SARS
Managing nursing care of a patient with a chronic infectious disease
Developing a care plan for a patient with a chronic infectious disease
o An infectious disease is any disease caused by the growth of pathogenic microbes in the body
o It may on may not be communicable (contagious)
o Classified as acute, chronic or hospital acquired infections
Chronic Infectious Diseases
o An infectious disease process that refers to persistent conditions which are contagious and
communicable in nature and are able to produce serious illness.
o The nature of the infectious disease and its means of transmission must be considered for
each specific illness.
Causes of Infectious Diseases
o Pathogens- Microogranisms and viruses that cause disease.
o Bacteria- Simple, single celled organisms. Live in air, soil, food, and in and on our bodies. Classifications of Infectious Diseases
o HospitalAcquired Infections: