Health and medication: how to prevent infections when taking care of your medical illness at home

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Patients are now send home with a list of things to do and those can be self- injection for the diabetic or other condition. Learning proper injection procedure can prevent you from giving yourself an infection. If you have medical condition that requires you to give yourself injections at home then you need to learn how to give yourself safe injections without contamination because bacteria contamination could cause your infections to grow very strongly and causing you serious hospitalization and as severe as amputating that area. I have seen some people that have to amputate their legs because they or their parents or care provider didn’t give the shots right without contamination.

There’s not a lot you can do once infections is at its worst, you can only amputate the area, therefore, it’s critical that you know how to give yourself shot without bacteria contamination. You will need to know storage procedure of medication and syringes and needles so that they don’t contaminate. You will also need to know the proper procedure before and after a shot. This is not a prescription for you to follow but just to help your understand more. You should always consult with your doctor or nurse if you’re unsure of certain things.

When you’re send home with the requirement that you need to give yourself shots, you need to learn all that you can from your healthcare provider and take all the instructions with you. You will also need to ask all of the questions that you’re not sure about. You can also do research on the net when you need to clarify something but beware that some source on the net is not credible or safe to follow. You will have to go to places like Mayo clinic website, CDC, Medline to get a good result.

How do you store your medication, syringes, and needles? Medication need to be store in a cool place and not a hot place. You should not store it around your stove but rather in a medicine chest in a

cool area and not near the windows. Medication needs to be closed and sealed before you use it for the first time. You need to close your medication cap carefully after each use and don’t leave it open. If you leave the cap open, it can get contaminated from things flying in. You can get an infection from this contamination reaction. You can’t add any other things to your liquid medication bottle. There should be nothing but the pure medication in it. You can get a really bad infection if you accidentally drop something in it or your children have drop something in it. You need to throw it away and get a new one if you have a foreign object in it.

You can’t pour unused medication back to the bottle. Once it’s outside and you have use it or have it out, there will be contamination if you pour it back in because the property of it is different now and it won’t be the same if you put it back into the clean bottle. Therefore, only pour what you need and no more. Once you have pour it out to put it on the affected area, you can’t add anything to it either thinking that it’ll be better or more potent if you do. This won’t work. I have seen mother that try to give home remedy to their children with open wound have even advance the wound 10 more times. If you’re not sure then you should never try it because you can cause more harm then good.

When you apply medications to the affected area, you need to use clean gloves at all times unless you have washed your hands and disinfect it really well. You can never have a bacteria free hand so I would suggest that you always use gloves. You should buy a pair of gloves and put it in your home for use if you’re sick. Use gloves every single time and throw the gloves away after each use. There should be no recycle of gloves use because there are plenty of germs on it already. When it comes to doing injection, you should use all precautions to avoid infection and contamination.

Source: www.cdc.gov/infections

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