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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Acute Communicable Disease: Individual

Standard of Practice

Assessment

Description

The public health nurse collects comprehensive data pertinent to the health status of populations.

The most pertinent Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators are:

  • Environmental Quality

  • Immunization

  • Responsible Sexual Behavior

  • Access to Health Care

  • Mental Health

Practice

  • 1.

    Review the Communicable Disease form or referral when received from Public Health Nursing Supervisor (PHNS) and on the Nursing Practice Management System (NPMS). Document Date/Time/Signature on referral when received from PHNS.

  • 2.

    Analyze report for:

    • Lab data

    • Information regarding sensitive occupation or situation

    • Disease

    • Symptoms

    • Date of onset

    • Incubation period

    • Source

    • Mode of transmission

    • Period of communicability

    • Specific treatment

    • Control measures

  • 3.

    Assess case/contacts(s) per PHN Assessment criteria.

© 2007 LAC DPH-Public Health Nursing

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