Outbreak education for your current staff is key to ensuring that you are able to prevent outbreaks. If you have an outbreak management plan in place, and it is followed through on, there is a greater chance of getting a good result and avoiding the expense of treatment. The staff who come into contact with an outbreak should be educated about the signs and symptoms and the precautions that they should take.
Getting infected in the first place is the most important step towards an outbreak. There are different ways of getting infected such as food or waterborne. It is therefore important that the staff who come into contact with a foodborne outbreak realise that they are at risk and they should wear personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks. It is also essential that they wear a face mask that will cover the nose and mouth.
A foodborne outbreak can be very hard to trace and this can lead to severe strain and stress. Having outbreak education for your staff will ensure that they understand how to avoid food poisoning. It is vital that the staff are aware of what signs and symptoms of an outbreak might be.
A mild symptom of an outbreak is abdominal pain, which could be mistaken for a stomach bug. If the abdominal pain does not subside after a few hours then this is the sign that the outbreak has progressed to the level of the intestinal tract illness. The signs and symptoms of an intestinal tract infection are similar to that of a gastrointestinal illness, such as diarrhoea and constipation.
Upper respiratory and sinus infections should also be considered when looking at the signs and symptoms of an outbreak. The temperature of the skin and affected areas will vary and will need to be monitoring to ensure that the body is not running a fever. People are more likely to get an upper respiratory infection if they are unable to control their coughing and sneezing.
Allergic reactions are very serious and should be treated immediately. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and lips, hives and itching. Anyone who has a severe reaction to an outbreak should seek medical advice to determine if the outbreak is truly the cause of the reaction.
There is a large number of outbreaks every year which result in around 5 million people visiting their doctor. Infections are often caused by contaminated products and can be avoided by using the correct supplies and avoiding the spread of bacteria.
It is essential that any outbreak of flu or any other form of sickness is detected as soon as possible. By following the precautions mentioned above, an outbreak can be avoided or successfully treated. Getting outbreak education for your staff will ensure that they can make sure that they don’t fall ill and that they do everything possible to minimise the impact of an outbreak.