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Link of the Week- CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control site)

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EMS News- Swine Flu News in Review

World Health Organization (WHO) Pandemic Response Pages

U.S. CDC H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) Pages

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Tip of the Week — Learning Lessons from the Swine Flu

This week, I was delighted to have the opportunity to touch base with Rick Russotti by phone to talk with him about his impressions about H1N1 Swine Flu response by EMS agencies and about some of the lessons learned so far.

Find more comments from Rick here at MitigationJournal.blogspot.com

I have been very open about my opinions regarding media response to the Swine Flu cases reported around the world. Every year 30,000 to 40,000 people in the U.S. die from our regular seasonal flu but the media does very little reporting on the tragedy of those deaths. The national agencies like the CDC and Health and Human Services have all responded with an appropriate, measured response to a developing situation of concern.

So what are you going to learn from all of this as an EMT and paramedic on the street? Here is a list of my top 4 lessons learned:

  1. Where to go to get high quality reliable information. (Check out my article here at EMSLive.com on top 5 things for EMTs to know about swine flu.)
  2. Learn the details of your own infection response plan in your region. (You should know by now or you will be asking soon, right?)
  3. Review the little used parts of our personal protective gear (PPE). (Droplet precautions refer us to the use of eye protection, surgical or N-95 mask with appropriate fitting, etc.)
  4. Remind yourself and those around you to practice good hand washing techniques.  (20 seconds of vigorous lathering and THEN rinse!)

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