Problems In Protecting Healthcare Workers From Exposure to H1N1 And Ebola. Why Is The Infection Control Community In Charge Instead Of OSHA And NIOSH And What Can Be Done About It
Learning Areas:Occupational health and safety
List at least two examples of how CDC recommendations for personal protective equipment were inadequate and posed hazards to healthcare workers providing care to patients infected with H1N1 and Ebola. Describe at least two underlying reasons why CDC and the infection control community largely ignore the expertise of OSHA and NIOSH when developing its infection control and personal protective equipment recommendations for healthcare workers exposed to infectious agents. Identify at least one action that could enhance the protections for healthcare workers exposed to infectious diseases.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: At the AFL-CIO, I was involved in issues of protecting healthcare workers from exposure to pandemic influenza, including during the H1N1 pandemic. I was a member of the 2009 Institute of Medicine committee that was charged with determining if respirators, rather than surgical masks, should be recommended for healthcare workers providing care for H1N1-infected patients. I continue to provide advice to the AFL-CIO on appropriate infection control measures necessary when caring for Ebola patients.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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