Pathogens Lurking in Public Pools | Risks and Prevention

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Released June 2024
Grown Up | Caring for Adolescents, Adults, and Aging Adults

Volume 29, Issue 6

  • eLearning Module
  • Competency Assessment
  • Certificate of Completion Awarded

Course Description

This learning activity is a comprehensive overview of the most common pathogens found in public swimming pools and the health risks they pose to swimmers. It covers bacteria (E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Legionella), viruses (norovirus, adenovirus), and parasites (Cryptosporidium, Giardia), detailing their characteristics, transmission methods, and the illnesses they cause.

The learning activity also discusses the treatment and management of pool-related illnesses, including gastrointestinal issues, respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, and eye infections. It emphasizes the crucial role nurses play in educating patients, providing appropriate care, and promoting prevention strategies.

Throughout the learning activity, the importance of proper pool maintenance, swimmer hygiene, and collaboration between healthcare professionals, pool operators, and public health authorities is highlighted as essential for ensuring the safety and enjoyment of public swimming pools.

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