Community Disease Prevention

Setting Description
Tamper Bay Water plant is a non-profit organization located in Tampa Bay, Florida. The plant supplies water to over 2.5 million people in Tampa, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, Pinellas County, Pasco County, and Hillsborough County. The plant’s distribution system covers an area of over 2,160 miles.
Source of Water
Tamper Bay Water plant draws water from many sources. One of the primary sources is groundwater drawn from Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties.The organization alsodraws surface water from Tampa Bypass Canal and Hillsborough and Alafia rivers. The other source is seawater, which goes through a desalination plant Community Disease Prevention.

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Storage
Tamper Bay Water plant treats and supplies part of the water through the established distribution system. The surplus is stored in regional reservoirs to be supplied during dry periods.
Testing for Purity
The water in the reservoirs is not yet treated to make it suitable for drinking. However, it is frequently tested for possible changes in purity and quality. To prevent change in odor and taste and emergence of algae blooms, the water is circulated and aerated regularly.
Safeguards
The organization has implemented alarms, and monitoring systems meant to detect intrusion that may lead to tampering of the water, and to track changes in the quality or purity of the water from the sources. The alarms and monitoring systems also detect tampering with the distribution systemsCommunity Disease Prevention.
Investigating an Outbreak at the Plant
Questions for Public Health Nurse (PHN) to ask include;
1. Was the water taken by the patients treated as required?
2. What are the chemicals and any other components that were used to treat the water? (Whitehead, 2018)
3. Did the chemicals and other materials used to treat the water meet the required standards?
4. What are other foods and drinks that were taken by the patients and their conditions?(Whitehead, 2018)Community Disease Prevention

Suggestions to avoid an outbreak
1. All water consumed in the facility should be treated with chemicals that meet the required standards and confirmed to be clean (Fooladi, 2015).
2. All stakeholders should maintain cleanliness through activities such as washing hands frequently
3. The tools used to package and serve water should be clean and confirmed not to have side effects (Fooladi, 2015)Community Disease Prevention.
Role as a Change Agent
My role as a change agent for any deficiencies would be that of a healthcare advisor and educator. I would educate and guide the stakeholders of the organization to correct or take steps to improve any areas with deficiencies to prevent the occurrence of outbreaks and other issues(Whitehead, 2018)Community Disease Prevention.

 

 

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References
Fooladi M. M. (2015). The Role of Nurses in Community Awareness and Preventive
Health. International journal of community based nursing and midwifery, 3(4), 328–329.
Whitehead, D. (2018) Exploring health promotion and health education in nursing. Nursing
Standard, 33(8), 38-44. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11220 Community Disease Prevention

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