What We Do
Infectious Diseases (ID) specialists examine difficult cases, looking for clues to identify the culprit (diagnosis) and how to solve the problem (treatment). They are like medical detectives. Your doctor might refer you to an ID specialist in cases where an infection is difficult to diagnose, is accompanied by a high fever, or does not respond to treatment. Alternatively, the ID specialist may be asked to assist in your care when the treatment decisions are complicated, or the antibiotic choices are limited, perhaps due to highly resistant bacteria, drug allergies or interactions.
Some ID specialists also see healthy people who plan to travel to foreign countries or locations where infection risk is higher. In these cases, ID specialists can help determine whether special immunizations or other preventive measures are necessary to protect travelers from disease.
Further information about infectious diseases and ID physicians can be found at IDSA.
Infectious Diseases physicians at Hackensack University Medical Center are also involved in many other activities such as infection control; education of medical students, residents, fellows, pharmacy residents and students, and nursing students; antibiotic monitoring; community education; the Hepatitis Treatment Center ; the AIDS Outreach Program; World AIDS Day education programs ; quality control; and research.
Reducing Risk of Infectious Disease
One of the best strategies for preventing infectious diseases is immunization. Measures such as hand hygiene and cough etiquette may reduce the spread of infection.
When in the hospital as a visitor, please be aware of signs next to patient doors that indicate the need for isolation, and follow the specific instructions. Additionally, it would be prudent to refrain form visiting if you are not feeling well.