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What Does TACOS stand for?
- Over-the-counter medications/herbal supplements
- Sexual and street drugs
- Onset- When did this begin
- Provokes- Does anything make it better or worse
- Quality- What is the pain like
- Radiation- Where does it hurt/does the pain move
- Severity- On a scale 1-10 Describe
- Timing- Has this been constant or come and go?
- Interventions- Have you taken anything to try and make it better
Types of Hepatitis?
- Hep A- Fecal-Oral, Infected food or drink
- Hep B- Blood, Sexual contact, Saliva, Breast Milk
- Hep C- Blood, Sexual Contact
- Hep D- Blood, Sexual Contact
- 1. The Patients blood is splashed or sprayed into your eyes, nose, or mouth, into cut/sore.
- 2. You have blood from the infected patient on your hands and then touch your own eyes, nose, mouth.
- 3. A needle used to inject the patient breaks your skin. Risk is slim but most dangerous.
- 4. Broken glass at a motor vehicle collision or other incident may penetrate your glove, which could have blood from an infected patient.
Other types of Important Infections
Hantavirus- rare but deadly virus carried by rodent urine and droppings.
West Nile Virus- Comes from mosquitos and it affects birds and humans.
SARS- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- flulike symptoms, respiratory failure, etc.
Avian Flu- Bird Flu- cause by birds that naturally occurs in birds.
H1N1- Swine Flu- Been in animals for years, new to humans.