Analyze Good Health Hospital’s records and itemize recent nosocomial infections that occurred within the past year

 
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    Assignment 1: Applications of Epidemiology – A Case Study
    Due Week 3 and worth 280 points
    The  situation at Good Health Hospital has become a bit overwhelming ever  since the outbreak of E. coli in Ward 10 on the second floor. It appears  that there are six (6) cases of the disease. To better understand the  situation, communication with the CDC has revealed that this particular  bacterium can be found in many everyday items. The CDC recommends that  investigation begins in the hospital kitchens, since E. coli can be  transmitted via contaminated vegetables, as well as delicatessen meats  such as salami and other cold cuts. The following table shows the number  of cases identified so far:
    Case Age Gender   1 23 M   2 21 F   3 15 M   4 42 F

    After meeting yesterday with chief administrator Joe Wellborn, it has  been decided that the litigation issues with one (1) of the patients may  need further information to determine if the patient was already  symptomatic with the bacteria prior to admission.
    Research has  indicated that hospitals operating in the Tampa Bay area have been known  to have cases of E. coli contamination. This substantiates the need for  further investigations by the County Health Department.
    Due to  the severity of the cases, and the potential for further spread, it is  recommended that the hospital seek alternate vending services since the  present suppliers cannot verify sanitation protocols for their products.
    In  conclusion, the study done at Good Health Hospital has indicated that  the E. coli outbreak was in fact caused by spoil food from the  cafeteria.
    As a social science researcher working for a regional  hospital, you are placed in charge of contacting the DOH from your home  state, as well as the CDC for statistical data on nosocomial diseases  that frequently cause illness at your health care facility. Using  information from both agencies, evaluate the data on common nosocomial  diseases and compile a treatment contingency plan for dealing with the  hospital infections.
    Write a five to six (5-6) page evaluation report in which you:

  1. Analyze  Good Health Hospital’s records and itemize recent nosocomial infections  that occurred within the past year. In your report, categorize the  different parameters (i.e., person, time, place, ethnicity, and gender)  used in the compilation of data into the information summative.
  2. Propose  at least six (6) questions for the health care administrator at Good  Health Hospital, regarding potential litigation issues with infections  from the nosocomial diseases. Rationalize, in your report, the logic  behind your six (6) questions.
  3. Identify a targeted audience  within Good Health Hospital, and prepare an implementation plan based on  your hypothetical meeting with the hospital health care administrator.  Propose four (4) steps that will be useful in the final implementation  plan.
  4. Suggest at least five (5) recommendations to your  department head based on the steps taken in the implementation plan.  Provide rationale for your suggestions.
  5. Using these approved  recommendations, design a safety protocol itinerary that must be placed  in public access areas of the hospital.
  6. Use at least four (4)  peer-reviewed academic resources in this assignment. These must come  from journal sources. Note: Fact Sheets, Wikipedia, and non-academic  Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
  7. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
  • Be  typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with  one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA  or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional  instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the  assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title,  and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in  the required assignment page length.
  • The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
  • Examine epidemiology as it relates to population, environment, transmission, and prevention.
  • Examine the application of epidemiology to specific diseases.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in managerial epidemiology.
  • Write clearly and concisely about managerial epidemiology using proper writing mechanics.
  • Click here to view the grading rubric for this assignment.
 
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