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Vigs: Implikasies vir Suid-Afrikaanse verpleegkundiges – Deel 2

Michael C Herbst
Curationis | Vol 8, No 4 | a634 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v8i4.634 | © 1985 Michael C Herbst | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1985 | Published: 27 September 1985

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Michael C Herbst,, South Africa

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Abstract

The hospital, as a reservoir of potential infection, and hospital staff, hold a greater risk for patients with AIDS than the patients hold for the staff. Nursing care of these patients thus centres on the prevention of infections. The nurse is also required to lean heavily on her psycho-social skills as patients are likely to feel depressed and isolated. At present we do not know what the incidence of AIDS may be in South Africa in the near future. An increase in incidence may pose logistic problems for the nurse administrator. At the moment the disease has implications for tutors and health educators regarding education for prevention, early detection and the management of patients with AIDS.

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