If you become seriously ill or are hospitalized from an infection, your primary care physician may refer you to one of HealthONE's infectious disease specialists. They provide expert care for adults and children with infections caused by bacteria, virus, fungus and/or parasites. Here, you will receive the most , treatments and follow-up care.
For more information about HealthONE's infectious disease services, call us at (303) 575-0055.
What an infectious disease specialist does
An infectious disease specialist is an internal medicine doctor with extensive training and knowledge in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases. Their training includes a comprehensive understanding of how the body’s immune system works, how infections spread and how to control infection.
When to see an infectious disease specialist
Not all patients with infections need to see an infectious disease specialist. In most cases, your primary doctor will make the decision about whether or not you need to be referred to a specialist.
Infectious diseases we treat
Some of the diseases we treat include:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Lyme disease
- Staphylococcus (commonly known as "staph") and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Tropical infectious diseases
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- West Nile virus
Additionally, to ensure your whole family stays as healthy as possible, HealthONE's hospitals include specialists who treat infectious diseases in children.
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, and it can rapidly progress and cause tissue damage, organ failure and death. Patients with sepsis are almost always treated in an emergency room (ER), and severe cases require a hospital stay. It is important that a hospital quickly identifies sepsis, and begins administering antibiotics.
Colorado’s first hospital certified in sepsis care
HealthONE's North Suburban Medical Center was Colorado’s first hospital to receive The Joint Commission’s certification for sepsis care. We have received this certification for our ongoing commitment to quality. That commitment includes the ongoing training and quality checks of our staff, which ensure the strict guidelines we have in place for sepsis care are followed.
If you think you may have sepsis, go to an emergency room (ER) immediately.
International travel medicine
International travel, whether for business, leisure or personal reasons, may require special vaccinations and other health preparations before your departure. These include preventive measures against infectious diseases.
Our travel medicine doctors can help with this care and education. They will:
- Administer any necessary travel immunizations to help prevent illness
- Asses your medical needs based on your travel location
- Educate you about medications and travel healthcare
- Provide detailed advice to help minimize travel-related health risks