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Room air germ killers, comment

December 5, 2011

You are correct in wanting to stop and prevent the spread of the cold and flu viruses. There is a better method than using Lysol®. Aromatherapy is a much better method, where the client is not exposed to harmful chemicals.

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Room air germ killers

November 17, 2011

This may not be the correct blog. But I have some questions. How many massage therapists use Lysol(r) spray or a similar product? Should these products be used especially during the cold and flu season? How effective are these germ killers?

Thank you for your time.

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Disease Awareness and Infection Control

November 24, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

This introductory chapter of pathology begins with definitions of common pathology terms. A few of those terms defined are: disease, pathology, diagnosis, prognosis, signs, syndromes, idiopathic, etiology, and risk factors. The chapter also discusses risk factors for diseases. Types of diseases are discussed next, followed by agents of diseases. The chapter concludes with discussion of host-pathogen relationship and sanitation guidelines.

Protecting yourself and your client

August 5, 2010

It is important to understand the different ways disease and other infectious agents are passed on so your client and yourself will be protected. One mode of transmission is through direct physical contact. This includes the exchange of body fluids through mucus membranes, direct contact with an infectious agent such as lice or poison ivy, and exchanges through breaks in the skin like a hangnail or bug bite. The other mode of transmission is through indirect physical contact. This includes ingesting (i.e. contaminated water or food) and inhalation (breathing in asbestos fibers or another persons sneeze/cough). A good way to protect yourself and your client is through sanitary measures such as clean tools and linens, washing your hands, wearing gloves and not interacting when you or your client is ill.

Disease Awareness and Infection Control

July 20, 2010

Disease awareness and infection control is important in any field of study in the medical community. As someone who is studying to enter the therapy field and has worked in a hospital for three years, I have learned the many ways one can protect him or herself from diseases and infection. While wearing gloves and routine use of hand sanitizers and washing your hands by using the proper techniques typically suffices to control the spread of diseases and infections, sometimes additional measures must be taken to ensure one’s safety and well being when working with patients with diseases and infections. Gowns, masks, and protective shoe wear (similar to gowns for the shoes) are common additions to the gloves and proper hand washing procedures that can help to prevent the spread of disease and infection from a sick patient to a healthy practitioner.

Infectious mononucleosis

July 12, 2010

I had Mono (infectious mononucleosis) when I was in sixth grade. It was probably caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It is often transmitted through saliva or by touching an infected object before putting one’s hands near one’s nose or mouth. I have never felt so sick in my life. The symptoms of mono are a sore throat, loss of appetite, headache, fatigue, fever, and swollen lymph nodes, just to name a few. Massage therapy should not be performed on someone with mono until he has recovered. It is a contagious disease: the therapist needs to take precautions to avoid spreading the disease to other patients or catching the disease himself.

Disease Awareness & Infection Control

July 1, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

This chapter covers basic understanding of pathology. The chapter covers terms related to pathology, such as disease, pathology, diagnosis, prognosis, signs & symptoms. The chapter discusses various risk factors or tendencies the promote disease development. Some risk factors are age, gender, genetics, lifestyle and environment. The chapter explains the difference between epidemic and pandemic, and the difference between morbidity and mortality. The leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, kidney & liver disease. There are different types of diseases such as genetic, degenerative, infectious and congenital. Agents of disease are bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses and parasites. The chapter also covers sanitary guidelines for massage therapy such as washing hands, wearing gloves, etc.

Disease Awareness and infection control

June 29, 2010

I volunteered at a local college chair massage event. A woman came in and I did the intake as I always do. She forgot to tell me that she had open sores. One was on the under side of her arm and the other on her neck. I seen the one on her neck before I touched it. The one on her arm was not visible. If I had not evaluated her arm completely I could have touched the blood and contacted a disease, if she had one. I learned it is very important to evaluate all parts of the body and not to just take the clients word on their body’s condition. If I had just grabbed her arm I could have broken the skin and put my own health at risk.

Disease awareness

May 11, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Disease awareness is definitely a topic massage therapists need to be on top of. This chapter has helped me become more knowledgeable in the terms related to pathology, the study of diseases. I have become more efficient in identifying the risk factors of these diseases as well as being able to name the various agents of these diseases. Some of these diseases I have known previously because they are considered more dangerous but I feel more confident knowing as much as possible so just in case I do get a client with something rare there is a chance i can catch it before becoming hands on with my client. Knowing these terms and definitions as well as what these diseases look like makes me a more responsible massage therapist for the client and my safety.

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Infection Control

April 14, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

While reading Chapter 1 in the text book, I learned about Disease awareness, and infection control. The way to be aware of disease is to simply ask the client during their intake form questions, and then to keep updated on each client. Another way is to keep a good eye out for sign, and symptoms. Keeping yourself healthy as the therapist is most important, if the therapist is sick, they cant help their clients. Avoiding infection is very important, keeping away from contagious skins disease is a common worry, as well as open sores where infection can be passed through bodily fluids. Gloves are a easy and safe way to keep your self healthy when you massage a client with a disease or infection.

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Infection Control

April 12, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Chapter 1 is an overview about pathology concepts including disease types, pathogen definitions, pathogenic agent descriptions, how infection is transmitted, discussion about systemic/acute/chronic disease, definitions of contamination, and risk factors. This chapter shows how important it is to be familiar with disease and to recognize skin disorders and how to interact plus recognize disease & infection as a massage therapist professional.

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Chapter One

April 5, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Regrettably, I’m not as computer-savvy as I thought, using this blog. However… The first chapter was actually the slowest one for me to assimilate. After advanced physiology, the introductory portions were largely review. In addition, though, I have taught First Aid courses in the past, so the only interesting thing about that portion was my curiosity as to which version of CPR was in the book. It was not a waste of time, however, because all the information is actually very good to know, and plus, it’s good to have a template for proper hand-washing and glove use. While this information may have been review for me, it would be folly to not take its heed.

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