Omaha, NE (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
In preparation for the annual flu season, Aureus Medical Group (web: aureusmedical.com), a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, advises those employed in medical careers to be mindful of the seasonal flu virus and to take precautionary steps to prevent its spread.
Healthcare staff, including RNs and those working in travel nursing, along with other medical professionals within the hospital setting, are likely to come into contact with the flu throughout the upcoming winter season. Coworkers, patients and staff can all find themselves battling the illness with little warning.
The seasonal flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can quickly spread between people. The virus can develop as a mild sickness and eventually lead to a severe illness and, in some cases, lead to death.
Due to the increased chance of coming in contact with the flu, healthcare professionals may want to consider getting vaccinated against the illness. Vaccinations are highly effective at preventing the spread of the disease and also may reduce the number of sick days used by those working in healthcare careers during the season. Especially important for caregivers who are most likely to be exposed to the virus on a daily basis, such as a travel nurse, a vaccination reduces the chance of catching the illness from one patient.
Healthcare staff may also prepare for the upcoming flu season by supporting "wash your hands" initiatives. These programs promote the importance of repeated, thorough hand washing to the public to reduce the spread of the flu. The public is often unaware of how this simple habit can drastically reduce the chance of contracting the illness. It’s important to wash hands after coughing and sneezing, before touching one’s face, before preparing and eating food, and after using the restroom. Teaching the public to use soap and warm water liberally while washing from between the fingers to the top of an elbow and everything in between can help healthcare staff reduce the risk of the flu virus spreading.
ABOUT AUREUS MEDICAL GROUP:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.