Public Health Nursing Practice Manual
Standard of Practice
© 2007 LAC DPH-Public Health Nursing
Acute Communicable Disease: Individual
PHN Intervention – Health Teaching/Counseling:
Educate the client and family regarding the symptoms, source, incubation period, mode of transmission, period of communicability and precautions needed to prevent the spread of infection per the B-73.
Educate client on proper specimen collection.
Discuss the need for case/contact(s) to have evaluation/clearance and explain procedures.
Assure client that confidentiality will be maintained.
PHN Intervention – Referral and Follow-up:
Refer for treatment/prophylaxis if indicated:
Follow up with client(s) to determine if treatment/prophylaxis is taken as indicated.
Make referrals as needed.
File Foodborne Illness Report (H-26) with district registrar if illness relates to a commercial establishment or product.
PHN Intervention – Surveillance:
Monitor case/contact(s) until cleared/closed.
Submit specimens as indicated.
PHN Intervention – Other:
Plan interventions needed to assist case/contact(s) with concerns identified in the PHN Assessment.