Interim guidance on infection control measures for 2009 H1N1 influenza in healthcare settings, including protection of healthcare personnel
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Interim guidance on infection control measures for 2009 H1N1 influenza in healthcare settings, including protection of healthcare personnel

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    • Journal Article:
      Human Influenza A (H1N1), 2009
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      July 15, 2010, 12:30 PM ET

      CDC is releasing updated interim guidance on infection control measures to prevent transmission of 2009 H1N1 influenza in healthcare facilities. The updated interim guidance applies uniquely to the special circumstances of the current 2009 H1N1 pandemic and will be updated as necessary as new information becomes available throughout the course of this influenza season. It provides general guidance for all healthcare facilities. The updated guidance expands on earlier guidance by emphasizing that successfully preventing transmission requires a comprehensive approach, beginning with pandemic planning that includes developing written plans that are flexible and adaptable should changes occur in the severity of illness or other aspects of 2009 H1N1 and seasonal influenza. Revisions from earlier guidance include: criteria for identification of suspected influenza patients; recommended time away from work for healthcare personnel; changes to isolation precautions based on tasks and anticipated exposures; expansion of information on the hierarchy of controls which ranks preventive interventions in the following order of preference: elimination of exposures, engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment; and changes to guidance on use of respiratory protection.

    • Content Notes:
      Definition of Healthcare Personnel -- Background -- Symptoms of Influenza and Viral Shedding -- Modes of 2009 H1N1 Influenza Transmission -- Review Pandemic Plans -- Use a Hierarchy of Controls to Prevent Influenza Transmission in Healthcare Settings -- Specific Recommendations -- Duration of Isolation Precautions for Patients -- Monitor and Manage Ill Healthcare Personnel -- Antiviral Treatment and Chemoprophylaxis of Healthcare Personnel -- Training and Education of Healthcare Personnel -- Healthcare Personnel at Higher Risk for Complications of Influenza -- Environmental Infection Control -- Appendix: Additional Information for Specific Healthcare Settings.
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