Select one (1) of these National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan goals:
1.Increase the proportion of people who are aware of their HBV infection from 33% to
2.Reduce by 25% the number of new cases of HCV infection.
Question: Identify and describe three (3) interventions that the RN can implement to reach
either goal #1 or goal #2
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The design and proper implementation of effective strategies and action plans by the RN
result to the positive outcomes during the management of issues relating to HCV infections.
HCV infections contribute to major health problems which require a well-designed action plan to
combat the infections (Dan et al, 2015). In this case, I would select the goal that seeks to reduce
the new cases HCV infections by 25%. There are various strategies adopted by the RN to
achieve the goals of the action plan.
Improvement of community awareness and provision of adequate education is one
intervention used to prevent new cases. Integrating the curriculum of HCV through training
programs to ensure people are aware of the prevention and treatment benefits (Dan et al, 2015).
The RN acts as strongest motivators to the people influencing the proper behavior changes and
embracing interventions to prevent new infections.
There are many HCV infections occurring in the healthcare settings which calls for RN to
adopt strategies that prevent such transmission. The provision of vaccines to eliminate the HCV
virus related problems is an essential strategy by RN. Improving practice oversight such as better
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detection of outbreaks and surveillance of infections in the healthcare setting would help reduce
the infections by 25%. Proper handling of reusable equipment and reduction of percutaneous
exposures are also incorporated in the interventions (Dan et al, 2015). Basic infection control
techniques are provided to the patients and others in the setting with the aim of reducing the rate
of infections by 25%.
Improving treatment, care, and testing are a vital intervention by RN that would help
reduce the infections. The RN would optimize management of the population with HVC to
ensure there are no transmissions while ensuring standards of care are improved. Strategies that
eliminate existing barriers to testing policies and timely diagnosis so as to adopt efficient plans is
useful in reducing the number of infections (Dan et al, 2015). In a nutshell, focus and effective
implementation of the interventions would contribute to the great reduction in HCV infection.
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Dan, C., Moses-Eisenstein, M. and Validiserri, R. (2015). CE: Viral hepatitis: New U.S.
screening recommendations, assessment tools, and treatments. American Journal of
Nursing, 115(7), 26-35.