As a nursing practitioner, I have just been informed that there is a severe influenza outbreak in my community. The ten steps I would take to help in managing the outbreak are as follows:
Step 1: Conduct field work
I would organize with a team of public health officers and other relevant health practitioners to collect the necessary materials and other needed safety equipment and go to the ground to conduct investigations (Kane and Morley, 2017). The surveys would center on whether or not the said infectious disease is present. This preparation would involve getting experts to assess the area and the people in the community.
Step 2: Establish the existence of the outbreak
This step would involve finding out the nature of the infectious disease, the number of people who have already been infected, and the symptoms that they exhibit. Here I will also concentrate on the severity of the infection, the possibility of further spread, and the availability of any measures of control to prevent this (Kane and Morley, 2017). The step would also involve getting to the root cause of the disease. Also, this step would entail getting to know if the infectious disease is an outbreak or just a matter of a few cases.
Step 3: Verify the diagnosis
In this step, I would take measures to ensure that the infectious disease has been identified as being a severe case of influenza. It is an essential step because if any control measures are to be taken, we have to ensure that they are disease specific. This step is also crucial to enable us to rule out any errors in the lab tests as the foundation for the increased number of reported cases (Ungchusak
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