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Purpose: Prevention of the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus
Exceptions: Pregnant women, allergies to gelatin or neomycin, immune system disease, on steroids, being treated for cancer, if you've had a transfusion or received blood within 5 months
Vaccine: Hepatitis A
Purpose: Hep A is a liver infection, highly contagious. Usually transmitted by the fecal-oral route. Antibodies produced in response to Hep A vaccine last for life and protect against infection
Falls In the Home and Hospital
vent: Place fall risk patients in the SAFE program, educate patients family and staff about falls, create a safe and hazard free environment
Hannah, Angelica, Michele, Neil, and Katie
Schedule: It's a 2 dose series. First dose is taken at 12-15 months and the second dose is taken between 4-6 years. If older than 13-receive 2 doses 28 days apart
Adverse Reactions: seizers, fever, soreness, swelling, chickenpox, severe brain reactions, low blood count, pneumonia
Teaching: Don't take aspirin within 6 weeks. Inform them of adverse reactions and call doctor if experiencing any of them.
Schedule: 12-24 months for children - 2 doses. Seprate by 6-18 months
Severe Adverse Reactions: Hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, fast heartbeat, dizziness, weakness, hospitalization and death (very rare)
Exceptions: People who have had a life threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose, pregnant, currently ill, infants under 1
Teaching: Inform them of moderate or adverse reactions and call 911 and go to vaers.hhs.gov if experiencing any adverse reactions
Fall related injuries may be fatal or non-fatal
Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury or death
An est. 424,000 individuals die from falls globally per year.
1/5 falls result in serious injury, such as broken bones or head injury
2.5 million older people are treated in ER for fall injury each year
700,000 + patients a year hospitalized from fall injury
95% of hip fractures are caused by falls
medical cost for fall is $34 billion annually
Home: Remove hazards from walkway, install handrails on stairs, tape down rugs, add grasp bars to showers or use non-slip mats, make sure walkways are well lit, avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers
Reporting Systems: CDC WISQUARS (web-based injury statistics query and reporting system
Fatal and non-fatal injury, violent death, cost of injury data
Preventing falls by: Getting excercise, be mindful of medications, keep vision sharp, eliminate hazards at home
Vaccines: Hep A & Varicella
Fall in the Home and Hospital