Overview of the Infectious Disease Program
The Infectious Disease Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Medical Subspecialties Institute treats and prevents disease-causing infections from germs. Germs are microorganisms that are found everywhere: in air, soil, and water. They can be bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites, but only some of them are harmful to humans.
It is possible to get an infection by touching, eating, drinking, or breathing something that contains harmful microorganisms. Infections can also spread through animal and insect bites as well as kissing and sexual contact. Vaccines, proper handwashing, and medicines can help prevent some infections.
The Infectious Disease Program’s experienced caregivers are knowledgeable in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for a broad range of infections.
What We Treat
The Infectious Disease Program at the Medical Subspecialties Institute investigates and treats various infections, in addition to fevers of unknown origin. Program caregivers specialize in caring for patients who have infections of a range of organ systems, such as:
- Bacteremia: Infection of the blood.
- Osteomyelitis: Infection of the bones or the joints.
- Meningitis: Infection of the central nervous system.
- Endocarditis: Infection of the heart valve.
- Pneumonia: Infection of the lungs.
- Urinary tract infection: Infection of the urethra, bladder, and/or kidneys.
- Cellulitis: Infection of the skin.
- Sexually transmitted infections: Infections that are spread via sexual intercourse.
In addition, the Infectious Diseases Program offers specialized services that include:
- Treatment of infections surrounding medical hardware and pacemakers
- Treatment of infections in immunocompromised patients (or patients with a poorly functioning immune system)
- Follow-up related to antibiotic and antiviral therapies
Diagnosis & Treatment of Infectious Disease
Infectious Disease Program physicians are dedicated to providing comprehensive, Patients First care to provide the appropriate treatment and prevent the infectious disease from spreading further.
An Infectious Disease Program physician first conducts a physical examination and collects a thorough medical history. The caregiver may examine the patient’s previous medical records, like microbiological data (such as swab culture results) from previous hospital visits and any antibiotics that were previously prescribed. After examining the patient, the physician may order additional tests, such as blood tests, cultures to detect harmful bacteria, or imaging scans.
The physician will also seek the opinion of the team. The Infectious Disease Program team is committed to conducting a careful analysis and working together to ensure that they reach an appropriate diagnosis and offer the correct antibiotics or other medication or treatment.
Infectious Disease Program Caregivers
The expert team at the Medical Subspecialties Institute’s Infectious Disease Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is comprised of experts in the diagnosis and treatment of disease-causing infections. Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:
- Infectious disease physicians
- Infectious disease nurses
- Clinical nurse coordinators
- Healthcare unit coordinators