• Share
  • Email
  • Embed
  • Like
  • Save
  • Private Content
Meningitis
 

Meningitis

on

  • 712 views

 

Statistics

Views

Total Views
712
Views on SlideShare
712
Embed Views
0

Actions

Likes
0
Downloads
38
Comments
0

0 Embeds 0

No embeds

Accessibility

Categories

Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment

    Meningitis Meningitis Presentation Transcript

    • Meningitis
    • What is Meningitis• Means inflammation of the meninges, the brain lining• Caused be several different bacteria and viruses• Bacterial meningitis is quite rare - very serious and needs urgent treatment with antibiotics• There are about 2000 reported cases each year in the UK• There are two forms • Meningococcal • Pneumococcal
    • How Serious is it?• If treated early most people make a full recovery• In some cases it can be fatal or lead to permanent handicaps like deafness and brain damage
    • Viral Meningitis• This is more common than bacterial• Rarely life threatening, it can severely weaken a person• It cannot be helped by antibiotics and treatments is based on good nursing care• Recovery is normally complete but headaches, tiredness and depression may persist
    • How is Bacterial Meningitis Spread?• The germs are very common and live in the back of the nose and throat• It is only rarely that they overcome the bodys defences and cause meningitis• Spread by coughing, sneezing and kissing, but they cannot livelong outside the body and cannot be picked up from water supplies, swimming pools, building or factories
    • What is Septicaemia?• Some bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning) as well as meningitis• Septicaemia can develop quickly• A rash appears under the skin• If untreated they get bigger and become multiple areas of obvious bleeding under the skin• The rash must be taken seriously - a doctor should be called immediately
    • How is Meningitis Treated?• Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial meningitis• They are also prescribed for the immediate family members or any others who are in very close contact• Antibiotics are not used for viral meningitis