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My name is Kevin Phan and my career goal is to become a nurse anesthetist. I was motivated to become a nurse after witnessing first-hand the level of patient care interaction from my internship and while I was in the ER with my grandmother. I will be attending UT Austin to obtain my Nursing Degree, following which I will commission into the Air Force Nurse Corps through ROTC.
Because of this I will be able to help and touch as many lives as possible directly out of college. As a result of being a Nurse the risk of obtaining infectious diseases are extremely high, which drove me to create my project on how to prevent the spread of these diseases.
With the emergence of new diseases, in addition to existing and past diseases that are becoming more prevalent, understanding and establishing a plan of action to quickly raise awareness is crucial in slowing and preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
As with various strains of bacteria and viruses, they are constantly mutating and adapting in new ways, that while in the past may not have posed a major issue can now affect the vast majority of the world. (Explain picture) This arose from the infectious agents becoming more resilient and the lack of vaccination in present-day population.
In addition the rise of globalization and new technology over the world has made infectious diseases even easier to be transmitted not only through a country but also globally to an unprecedented level.
The Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization has several contingency plans to deal with both endemic and pandemic disease outbreaks.
One such is the International Health Regulations which coordinates nations throughout the world in the face of a disease outbreak to respond effectively and quickly
The most ideal way to curve and contain infectious diseases is to quickly identify the disease and quickly spread information on how to prevent contamination.
While the plans are effective on paper, in reality it does not work nearly as sufficiently
There is always going to be a gap in communication from the specific health officials to the governments to health care workers to civilians.
In addition many people are not concern nor do they play a proactive role if the disease is not something that can directly affect them.
How do you minimize the gap while getting people to become more proactive to prevent the spread of infectious diseases?
To raise awareness there is two steps that must be accomplished to be successful.
Educate the community in a way that they will remember it for the months and years to come.
Have the information conveyed to be significant and meaningful enough to have individuals go out on their own to spread the information leading to a chain reaction.
To convey the information effectively each presentation must be tailored to the specific audience involved
To touch the audience emotionally to advocate them to go out into the community to become proactive, a face needs to be put on regarding the specific disease.
To urge the audience to become involved, the presentation need to explain the disease can affect them personally and how they can also directly change the course of the disease.
Targeting specific audiences with applicable presentations
Children-teaching them active lifestyle by showing them activities such as breakdancing or stretches
To target people my age and young adults, focus more so on conveying the information through social media
(show facebook video and jag wired )
For audiences that are adults or older, approach them through more traditional outlets; magazines, newspaper, radio ads, tv ads.
Utilize the Emergency Alert System, for Category A diseases, such as Ebola or Marbug Virus, or Biosafety Level 4/3 infectious agents that are not contained as soon as they become prevalent. ( Where infection rates grow exponentially)
WHO and CDC has to alter their policies to release information on any new or recurring diseases that carry the risk of becoming endemic or pandemic, including their meetings immediately. Ebola was first acknowledged by WHO in December of 2013, but the public only began hearing about it from nearly 8 months later in August of 2014.
By using these guidelines to personally touch each individual regarding their vulnerability to the disease and how they can change the course of the disease by taking simple steps. Accomplishing all of these steps will allow us to break the chain of infection.
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