Outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis are especially common in closed settings and have been occurring with increasing frequency in hospitals, nursing homes, day care centers, schools, military bases, prisons and hotels. The viruses have also sickened thousands of passengers on cruise ships and hundreds of restaurant patrons. The sharp increase in norovirus outbreaks has been attributed to a new, more aggressive viral strain designated G2.4. Healthcare professionals across disciplines can limit the transmission of norovirus by paying meticulous attention to equipment decontamination and handwashing, and encourage coworkers and visitors to do the same. EMS personnel should follow the recommended standard precautions or other specific precautions designated for special populations.
The goal of this program is to provide EMTs and paramedics with information about norovirus infection, sometimes called “stomach flu,” “stomach bug,” “24-hour flu,” “infectious diarrhea” or “food poisoning.” After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Name three reasons why noroviruses are so easily transmitted in closed settings
- Explain why some people are more likely to become infected with norovirus than others
- List the clinical criteria used to differentiate norovirus gastroenteritis from bacterial or parasitic gastroenteritis
This course is designed for EMTs and Paramedics.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), formerly known as Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
CEH Number and Category: 1.0 Basic
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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