An area that us stressed in Hempstead CNA Training relates to communicable diseases which are so defined because these are diseases that can be transferred from one person to the next. Such diseases include measles, HIV, common cold, TB, influenza, herpes, chicken pox, strep throat, etc.
These diseases and many more communicable diseases are highly contagious and may become a problem especially for someone with a weakened immune system. These diseases are usually spread through bodily fluids such as blood, urine, stools, saliva, etc.
CNA Training Classes and Communicable Diseases
As covered during CNA training classes, communicable diseases can turn into an epidemic if procedures relating to these diseases are not properly followed. To prevent the spread of these diseases, CNA training classes usually cover various procedures for the CNA to protect themselves and prevent the spread such as how to properly wash their hands since most germs cannot get passed soap and water.
As a CNA you will have to wash your hands more than most since they will be in constant contact with other people, surfaces, equipment, etc, and while this is the simplest thing to do to prevent infection, many CNAs can be lax in this area mainly due to laziness and taking their health and safety for granted.
Another area that will be covered in CNA training classes is that when you develop the symptoms of a communicable disease, it is important to let your supervisor know so that they can develop a plan of action. You may be informed to take some days off work so that the disease resolves itself so that you do not compromise the health of patients and residents as well as other staff members.
Personal responsibility is especially important as it relates to communicable diseases. You need to be accountable to yourself to ensure that you follow all procedures as laid out in CNA training classes and well as your employers procedures and policies.
Each year, many facilities are usually found to not be in compliance with various policies and procedures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and this lack of care usually falls on the people that are hired by the facility and them not understanding the seriousness of communicable diseases and the importance of following proper procedures in every single case whether you think that you are at risk or not.
Each facility will have its own set of policies and procedures to contain the spread of communicable diseases. While CNA training classes will teach the student the basic procedures, it is important for a CNA to become well versed in the particular policies and procedures that the employer has in place. The employer will usually provide training on how to identify communicable diseases, noticing the spread and how to contain the spread including emergency procedures.
CNAs usually spend the most time with patients and residents when compared to other medical personnel and this is one of the areas that lead to the spread of communicable diseases if the CNA is not careful from the patient to the CNA. The CNA as he or she will be taught in CNA Training Queens classes is to always ensure that they wear gloves when performing such tasks as changing soiled bed linens, clothing, bedpans, etc. Using disinfectant is also important to prevent the spread. If you accidentally get any bodily fluids on you, it is very important to wash the area immediately with disinfectant soap and water and then inform your supervisor. You will need to tell your supervisor what happened and what bodily fluids you accidentally came in contact with.