If you have a job that involves treating a wide range of patients, then outbreak preparedness is crucial. The safety of your employees and your clients is at stake. You cannot put yourself or your business at risk.
As an outbreak preparedness consultant, my job is to help people protect themselves from possible outbreaks. You should understand the signs of an outbreak, how it might be spread, and how you can best prepare for them.
One sign is obvious – all of the patients in the entire treatment room are suddenly ill with a similar skin rash. This can be triggered by a direct chemical exposure, or by an indirect contact such as dust. Patients will get the rash for a few days and then go back to normal.
There are various types of chemicals. You can identify them using a universal blood test. If an exposure has caused a rash, the entire batch of chemicals is most likely to cause the same type of rash. That means if you can avoid using those chemicals, you will avoid a large number of outbreaks.
Another type of chemical is a byproduct of the chemical. A large chemical company may use this as a waste product. Sometimes they will leave it lying around. It has no medical use and there are no standards in place that would require that they remove it.
A third type of chemical is a type of product that is used to preserve the chemical. They might throw it away or dump it into the sewer system. Some people even unknowingly drop these things into their water supply, which could cause an outbreak.
Anyone who has had a minor exposure, such as getting a chemical on their hand from their own clothing, can suffer from an outbreak. They will be very sick and have trouble breathing.
With all of the potential risks of an outbreak, you can make yourself and your business safer. You can learn more about how outbreak preparedness is important to you and your business.