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Transcript of Sofosbuvir
Given only with Ribavirin
NS5B polymerase inhibitor
Trials for all genotypes
Treatment length 12 to 16 weeks
Future of Treatment
Dry, Dry & More Dry
Ulcers & Rashes
Diarrhea, Nausea & Vomiting
Fluid intake, hard candies, lotions,
increase fiber, avoid spicy foods
Take medications with food.
Treatment: Being the Cheerleader
Predictor of Treatment Success
C/C with SVR’s of 60-80%
C/T or T/T with less than 30%
Genes: The Right Fit
Sustained Virological Response
Hepatitis C viral load that is undetectable
Those that achieve an SVR rate post 6 months of treatment
Never achieved SVR
Lowest chance of further treatment being successful
Achieved SVR but not maintained
Improved chance that triple therapy might work if not already attempted
Peginterferon alfa 2B combined w/ Ribavirin
Boost the immune system and inhibits replication (Tran, 2012)
Cure Rates less than 50% for G1 & approximately 80% for G2 & G3
Typical Course 1 Year (Substance, 2012)
Recommended only for G1(Tran, 2012)
Addition of a protease inhibitor
Boceprevir or Telaprevir
Only one shot at a cure
Typical Course 24 to 48 Weeks
Mode of Transmission
Blood borne pathogen
Needle sticks, STD, blood transfusions
Chronic Liver Disease
Leading cause of complications; cirrhosis, liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death (Chou, Hartung, Rahman, Wasson, Cottrell, & Rongwei, 2013)
Hepatitis C: Background
Present by Sarah Bennett, RN ADN-BSN
Hepatitis C - A Deeper Look at Genotypes, Genes and Treatment
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Small freqent meals
Protain drinks & snacks
Muscle, Head & Body Aches
Warm Heating Pads
Take Tylenol or Ibuprofen
Injections changed to bedtime
Tylenol, ibuprofen, naproxen
C/T or T/T
G2 & G3
Type of Treatment?
Tailoring the Right Treatment
There are six genotypes
No particular genotype is associated with worse outcomes (Substance, 2011)
Genotype 1, 2, 3 are most predominant (Substance, 2011)
Genotype 1 accounts for 75% of cases in the U.S. (Substance, 2011)
Decrease fluid intake
Nausea & vomiting
Evidence by tenting, dry skin, rash
Fluid Volume Deficit
Lack of Support System
Evidenced by crying spontaneously and reports of sleepless nights
Apply basic knowledge of Hepatitis C genotypes, host genes and previous treatment history in counseling the patient in treatment options.
Demonstrate nursing care that is associated with managing side effects of patients undergoing Hepatitis C treatment.
Apply nursing diagnoses to Hepatitis C patients receiving treatment.