Positioning and Contagious Disease

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It is important to know, in any therapeutic profession, that clients cannot be seen when they have upper respiratory infections such as the Common Cold, Sinusitis, and Influenza because they are very contagious. Concerning other infectious respiratory diseases, I was not aware that there are two stages of Tuberculosis, and that for primary TB, a person is not typically contagious after four weeks of treatment. Positioning is also an important factor to enable easier breathing for patients with Pneumoconiosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis. Also, with Cystic Fibrosis, any pressure on the abdomen should be avoided because of the digestive problems that these patients endure. Positioning is a big part of therapy, and these aspects of the diseases need to be taken into account.

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