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AN INFECTIOUS AGENT

pathogen

RESERVOIR

anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies

PORTAL OF EXIT

a way for the causative agent to be released from the reservoir

MODE OF TRANSMISSION

way that the causative agent can be transmitted to another reservoir or host where it can live

PORTAL OF ENTRY

Refers to the method by which the pathogen enters the body

SUSCEPTIBLE HOST

one whose biologic defense mechanisms are weakened in some way

BEST WAYS FOR NURSES TO CONTROL INFECTIONS

1. CLEANING CONTAMINATED OBJECTS
2. WASHING HANDS
3. CHANGING SOILED DRESSINGS
4. WEARING GLOVES

MEDICAL ASEPSIS(CLEAN TECHNIQUE)

practices used to remove or destroy pathogens and to prevent their spread from one person or place to another person or place; clean technique

SURGICAL ASEPSIS

practices that render and keep objects and areas free from microorganisms; synonym for sterile technique

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