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In the event that the H1N1 virus creates a surge of patients during the upcoming flu season, it will be critical to protect health care workers from infection, given their central role in treating sick people and lessening the pandemic's overall impact.
This new report from the Institute of Medicine recommends strategies for health care organizations and employees to prepare for the H1N1 virus. These recommendations include wearing fitted N95 respirators to guard against respiratory infection by the virus, and establishing policies for innovative triage processes, handwashing, disinfection, and more. The report also calls for a boost in research to answer questions about how the flu viruses can be spread, and to design and develop better protective equipment that would enhance workers' comfort, safety, and ability to do their jobs.
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Occupational Health Nurses and Respiratory Protection: Improving Education and Training: Letter Report (2011)
- Linda Hawes Clever, M.E. Bonnie Rogers, Andrea M. Schultz, and Catharyn T, Liverman, Editors; Committee on the Respiratory Protection Curriculum for Occupational Health Nursing Programs; Institute of Medicine
Preventing Transmission of Pandemic Influenza and Other Viral Respiratory Diseases: Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers: Update 2010 (2011)
- Elaine L. Larson and Catharyn T. Liverman, Editors; Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Personnel to Prevent Transmission of Pandemic Influenza and Other Viral Respiratory Infections: Current Research Issues; Institute of Medicine
The Domestic and International Impacts of the 2009-H1N1 Influenza A Pandemic: Global Challenges, Global Solutions: Workshop Summary (2010)
- David A. Relman, Eileen R. Choffnes, and Alison Mack, Rapporteurs; Forum on Microbial Threats; Institute of Medicine
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National Research Council. Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers in the Workplace Against Novel H1N1 Influenza A: A Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2009.
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