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AID=629655 Article Date : August 6, 2009

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According to the recent study, people who have been exposed to common upper respiratory viruses, such as the cold or flu, ahead of symptoms can be identified through blood test by what is called genomic “signature” found in the blood. Through the examined 60 healthy individuals who were infected with viruses (live cold virus, respiratory synctial or influenza A virus) changes were observed in their 30 genes which are the body’s response to infections. And for the reason of changes in the genes, it is easier to identify whether the infection is viral or bacterial and can also discover who has viral infection and who has none. Through the detailed understanding of the responses using gene expression data, it will reveal what type of pathogen the person is reacting to as stated by Dr. Aimee Zaas of Duke University in Durnham, N.C. The study was published in the issue for the month of August of Cell Host and Microbe emphasizing that it could lead to changes in the doctor’s way of caring the people with URI. Dr. Geoffrey Ginsburg added that the blood test’s result and knowing the pathogen are so important for it affects the urgency of response and the needed treatment to be intervened.

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After pondering this article, I realized that URI are not easily known or detected and laboratory exams or procedures are indeed important to precisely determine what kind of respiratory illness is occurring or will occur on the patient. I chose this article because of the patients that I have handled during the morning shift are rushed into the emergency room due to pneumonia and other upper respiratory problems. I am in agreement with the article because we all know how big influence laboratory influences the way the doctor makes diagnosis and the nurse making his or her nursing diagnosis. It supports the data you have gathered to thoroughly make interventions which are informed and tailored for the patient’s case.

As a Nursing Student of HTC, I can apply this learning by understanding patient’s case holistically. I should see to it that all important data are complete and accurate like in making case studies. I should also be informed of the purpose of each data. In a country with top mortality rate caused by respiratory diseases like pneumonia I should be aware of the important things about it like symptoms, the precautions and et. al. to ensure quality patient care. 2 RLE 301: Hospital Exposure (ER) Related Reading

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