There’s a broucher from hospital that I’ve collect about patient home care advice from Influenza A (H1N1). Let’s read together
Influenza A (H1N1) has spread extensively in the community and everyone is at risk of being infected. Each and every person must take precaution to prevent the further spread of this contagious disease. If you have any signs and symptoms of influenza-like-illness (ILI), you are advised to stay at home and refrain from going to work, school, public places or use public transport for you will likely spread the infection to others.
The information below can help provide safer care for sick persons at home during a flu outbreak
1. Home self-care
- Consume medication as instructed by your doctor.
- Get adequate rest. Bed rest can help you feel better.
- Drink plenty of fluids (such as water, broth, sport drinks, juice, soup) to keep from being dehydrated
- Be watchful for emergency warning signs which will indicate when you need to seek medical attention
- Maintain good ventilation in shared household areas (e.g keeping windows open in restrooms, kitchen, bathroom, etc)
2. Patient Advice for Infection COntrol at Home
Practise Cough Etiquette
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with tissues and clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub after that. Used tissues should be disposed appropriately in disposal bins.
Improve Personal Hygiene for All :
Everyone in the household must clean their hands often, using soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub Use paper towels for drying hands after hands washing or dedicate cloth towels to each person in the household. Clean commonly used utensils or frequently touched surfaces regularly with household detergents.
Do not share personal utensils such as linen, eating utensils and dishes
Used linen, eating utensils should be washed with water and soap
Persons with flu are advised not to leave their home when they have fever or during the time they are most likely to spread their infection to others (Patients are likely to spread the virus from one day before they develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick). It is preferable for the sick individual to stay in a separate room Household contacts especially those who are at high risk are advised to stay at least 1 meter away from the patient, whenever possible If a person with the flu needs to leave home, they should wear a surgical mask and practice cough etiquette and good hand hygiene. Putting on a mask will help to prevent the spread of the flu to others
That’s some basic info how H1N1 patient control at home. As usual, take advice from your doctor.