How hospitals can prevent their establishment from Norovirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), norovirus is an extremely infectious virus which directly affects the stomach and intestines.

Some of the primary reasons for someone getting affected by norovirus are as follows:

  • Coming in direct connection with an afflicted person.
  • Having contaminated food and water.
  • Touching infected surfaces and using the unwashed hands for consumption.

Symptoms of norovirus start showing 12 to 48 hours after a person has been infected.The following are some of the common symptoms of norovirus:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache
  • Body ache
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fever

Healthcare establishments fall into a category of places where one can easily contract norovirus. In hospitals, there can be a number of infected places from where one can get the virus. So it is more important to take the necessary steps to contain the spreading of the virus for the safety of both staff and patients.

Here are some measures which can be taken:

  • Hospital visitors and staff who have nausea, fever and diarrhea must avoid coming to the facility. A small infection can lead to a serious health consequence for others in the facility.
  • Wash hands using soap and other disinfectant solutions.
  • Alcohol-based sanitizers can be a good option for cleaning purposes.
  • Norovirus infected patients and staff should be kept isolated to prevent them from coming in contact with others.
  • Appropriate gowns and gloves should be worn by the healthcare staff when they are entering the room of a patient suffering from norovirus.
  • If there are fluids involved in the medical process to be undertaken, medical masks should be worn.
  • Bleach-based solutions should be used to clean the areas which have come in contact with afflicted patients.
  • The belongings of afflicted patients must be kept in separate bags.
  • Any items of the patient which are disposable must be discarded with proper care.

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