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Infectious Disease

Treating infectious diseases is at the core of what Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine does and we do it in our outpatient office so that you don’t have to go to the hospital. Dr. Bruce Ruben is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty of Infectious Diseases and his training and expertise is treating bacterial infections in all organs of the human body.

Our outpatient facility, located on the border of West Bloomfield, Walled Lake and Commerce township, is just minutes from Farmington, Farmington Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Troy, Southfield, Berkley, Brighton and Detroit and we treat patients from all over the country including the Michigan counties of Macomb, Wayne, Oakland, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Sanilac, St. Clair, Washtenaw and more.

In 1991, Dr. Ruben pioneered the use of outpatient IV antibiotics in the comfortable setting of an office for serious bacterial infection. Previously, patients were solely treated in a hospital and exposed to multidrug resistant bacteria like MRSA and other hospital acquired infections.

Outpatient Infectious Disease Treatment

The more common infectious diseases seen and treated at Encompass Healthcare are:

Osteomyelitis (bone infections), Cellulitis (skin and soft tissue infections), pyelonephritis (kidney infections), and abscess of any tissue compartment.

As an expert trained in Infectious Disease, universal precautions are vigilantly enforced to protect patients and our esteemed healthcare team.

In 30 years we have never had a single patient to patient , employee to patient or patient to employee exposure or infection transmission. We adhere to strict hand washing guidelines.

The symptoms of infectious disease often overlap many other medical conditions such that a physician referral is required for a patient consultation.

Treating infectious diseases is at the core of what Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine does.

Infectious disease, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.How do infectious diseases arise?

The human body is divided into sterile and non-sterile sites. Non-sterile sites include the nose, mouth, sinuses, upper respiratory tract, the esophagus down to the rectum, and the vagina. These site surfaces are covered from end to end with bacteria and fungi that live harmoniously without causing disease.

The most common cause of disease is the transfer of bacteria or fungi from a non-sterile body site to a sterile body site. For example, bacteria that normally live in the back of the throat could inadvertently be aspirated into the lungs and set up the possibility of pneumonia.

Infectious Disease (infection) Symptoms:

FEVER:  An internal body temperature over 101.5° or higher is often the first indication of an infection somewhere in the body. However, the degree of elevation doesn’t necessarily indicate the seriousness of the infection. Higher temperatures can result from a relatively minor infection and vice versa.

WARM, RED, PAINFUL, AND SWOLLEN BODY SITE:  Infections progressively get more painful, red and swollen. They may also have red streaks going away from the infected area indicating the infection is spreading.

BLOOD OR PUS COMING FROM THE WOUND: The oozing of yellowish or green pus is another telltale sign of infection. The discharge may also have a foul odor and you should seek medical attention immediately.

DELAYED HEALING: Infections sometimes prevent underlying wounds from healing. Most superficial wounds heal on their own in four weeks or less. When they don’t heal, infection in a deep tissue (such as a bone infection) is a good possibility.

Infectious disease treatment

Infectious diseases are usually treated by administering oral or intravenous (I.V.) medication. Both oral and I.V. therapies are available at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine in our comfortable, outpatient setting.  You are able to schedule your appointment, get your medicine, and get back to your life without having to go to a hospital.  Our outpatient I.V. therapy wing at Encompass HealthCare is a freestanding, outpatient infection and wound facility with hospital-level equipment and treatments without the hospital experience.

Alternatively, I.V. medications may be prepared for use at home.

If you need help and are curious about an infection that you may have, please call our office at 248-624-9800. We are happy to help you.

 

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