After researching this topic for a survive bird flu website, I'm left wondering whether most of us would have either the money or the will to follow these rigorous procedures.Good infection control practices involve meticulous hand washing, cleaning and clothes washing routines. And just as important, to avoid contact with the bird flu virus you should wear disposable face masks and gloves.Realistically though, is this something that most of us could manage for more than a few days or weeks? How many disposable masks (respirators) and gloves would a family have to stockpile, to weather the worst of a pandemic?Away from home, gloves and especially masks would have to be changed often. Would a dozen masks and a dozen pairs of gloves (per family member) be enough each day? If the worst of a pandemic lasted for 100 days, that would be a total of 1200 masks and 1200 pairs of gloves, per person.Protective gear would not have to be worn at home, if no one was sick with the virus, … [Read more...] about The Bird Flu Bug: Is Infection Control the Best Way to Survive a Bird Flu Pandemic?
Infection control practices
In the ongoing task of OSHA infection control training and education OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) have collaborated together to help your organization with bloodborne pathogens exposure control plans. As to your obligations to provide a safe work environment for you and the people around you the intent of this document is to help with your infection control monitoring as they fit into your health and safety practices.As of the date of this memo these implications by OSHA/NIOSH are not regulatory standards that must be implemented. This OSHA infection control training is being provided to help your organization provide a safer work place in the form of information you could put into your bloodborne pathogens exposure control plans.As a business owner you must provide a safe and healthy workplace for you and your employees. When it comes to infection control monitoring and safety work practices … [Read more...] about OSHA Infection Control Training For Blunt-Tip Suture Needles
In 2003, the city of Toronto - home to almost five million people - was faced with a respiratory infection they had never seen before. The Canadian and American centers for infectious diseases were brought in to consult, and the verdict was something called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS. It was a highly contagious disease that had originated in China and was making global headlines due to our jet-setting culture.Almost overnight, everyone began carrying little bottles hand sanitizer. Hospitals instituted greater infection control procedures, including having this sanitizer available in every hallway, more frequent use of gloves and masks, and sealed ER rooms for respiratory and other contagious airborne issues. Non-drying antibacterial and antimicrobial hand soaps became available for doctors to use between patients.It was very similar to the way, in the mid-1980s, that dental and medical practitioners began putting HIV prevention methods in place. Latex gloves became the … [Read more...] about Infection Control Supplies – Protecting People From Invisible Enemies
Hospital infection control and prevention is a major challenge facing Vietnam’s health sector. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Hospital infection control and prevention is a major challenge facing Vietnam’s health sector despite its important role in providing successful treatment to patients, as many hospitals and health clinics do not pay enough attention to it, participants at a conference said last week. At a conference on June 23 on infection control in healthcare facilities for the period of 2016-20, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien said most hospitals and health clinics focus on investing in modern medical equipment, but fail to improve their infection control systems, which remain weak. As a result, the recovery of patients has been affected. In some cases, their health was even worse than it was at the time of hospital admission, he said. Luong Ngoc Khue, Director of the ministry’s Medical Examination and Treatment Management Department, said a measles … [Read more...] about Hospital infection control lacking in Vietnam
A medical worker disinfects endoscopic instruments at Binh Dan Hospital in HCM City. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Hospital infections were becoming a common problem that required more focus from the healthcare sector, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said. Tien was speaking at a conference on September 30 about efforts to control infections at healthcare facilities, especially in emergency departments. Hospital infections were one of the main threats to patient safety, and had contributed to an increase in fatalities, treatment times, the use of antibiotics and costs, she said. They also caused overloading and reduced the quality and reputations of hospitals. Some complications caused by hospital infections were worse than the original problems that patients were admitted with. In order to control these infections, the Ministry of Health has taken measures to tighten control at healthcare facilities, including issuing regulations and providing professional supervision. … [Read more...] about Hospital infections threaten patient safety