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Infectious Diseases in Children

A Clinical Guide for Nurses

Infectious Diseases in Children by Tara Walker
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Preface

There is a worldwide rise in infectious diseases in children. This has probably occurred because of low immunisation rates, disease outbreaks in children too young to be immunised, outbreaks of disease in children previously immunised, some vaccinated children not developing immunity to subsequent immunisations and waning immunity. Whatever the reasons, the fact remains that nurses are being confronted more and more by the need to care for children with infectious diseases.

I have written this book because there are no nursing resources available to nurses working in ward areas about the care needed for children with infectious diseases. Texts that are available are largely aimed at medical care, not nursing care; they are very costly and not user friendly for nurses.

I have had an interest in paediatric infectious diseases for a long time. By assembling this book, I believe I have not only increased my own knowledge, I have also fulfilled a professional responsibility to provide the paediatric nursing profession with a user-friendly resource book of clinical information about common infectious paediatric illnesses. I hope I have provided a foundation to assist paediatric nurses in their own quest for knowledge.

When I was researching this book, I discovered that it is vital to understand the basic infectious process so that is identified in the first chapter of this book. The infectious diseases are then presented in alphabetical order.

While I was working as a registered nurse I found that it was not easy to educate families about how to care for a child with an infectious disease while that child was at home so I have included in this book sections called 'Education for Carers'. If nurses are able to communicate to families what is in these sections they will be contributing more than adequately to the seamless care pathway that we strive to provide for paediatric patients from admission to discharge and beyond.

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed researching it. May you find it a real help in your paediatric nursing.

Tara Walker

Ausmed Publications; September 2004
130 pages; ISBN 9781597340106
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Title: Infectious Diseases in Children
Author: Tara Walker