The image below, which shows a so-called "pink-eye", or conjunctivitis, and a nurse's cap, fairly exemplifies the main idea of this paper- an evaluation of infection control issues among patients with conjunctivitis in the eyes of an ophthalmic nurse practitioner.
In so doing, the said specialty nurses are expected to attend to the actual and potential needs of the clients who are experiencing visual impairment or deficits.
As such, this paper aims to critically analyze infection control issues pertaining to conjunctivitis, which is one of the ophthalmic ailments that are of major concern to ophthalmic nurses. ANYONE can get conjunctivitis (Health Protection Agency [HPA] North West, 2007) - students in school, patients in hospital or long-term care facilities, and even doctors and nurses in any health care institution. Due to its highly infective nature, prompt intervention and appropriate management are definitely indispensable. In this regard, nursing interventions that are particularly focused on infection control issues in clients with conjunctivitis shall be typified in due course of this paper. Hence, the discussion and critical analysis herein shall be guided by reputable references and relevant literatures in order to exemplify the aforementioned purpose of this essay.
Conjunctivitis, which is commonly called "pinkeye", is an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the eyelids- bulbar and palpebral conjunctiva- and extends over the white of the eye (sclera) (Berman et al., 2008). ...