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Tip of the Week H1N1 (swine flu) virus, flu season and EMS

To prepare EMS and other health professionals for the upcoming flu season and increased activity of influeza A H1N1 (swine flu), the producers of the EMS Garage and MedicCast Productions did a special joint episode with several other health professionals. They discuss the effects of the H1N1 pandemic and flu season to EMS providers.

The discussion includes:

CDC Situation Update on Swine Flu

WHO 2009 H1N1 Pandemic briefing note

Personal protective measures for health providers

Influenza virus is transmitted via droplets that are expelled by sneezing, coughing and speaking. Since health providers are on the front line of dealing with illnesses, it is important for them to practice measures to avoid transmitting or further spreading the infection.

Every medical professional knows that handwashing is the universal precaution. Proper handwashing every after patient reduces the risk of passing on the virus to the next patient or to other people that the health provider interact with. Other measures like using alcohol-based hand rub can also be helpful.

It is unlikely for a health care provider to avoid close contact for people who might be ill or to avoid crowded places especially for those working at the ED. However, they can use protective clothing like masks or gowns, depending on the institution’s protocol.

Most importantly, the immune system should be given a boost by good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping physically active.

Check out the links below for more information on preventive measures against influenza.

Recommendations from WHO

Protecting Health Workers

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One Response to H1N1 Pandemic, Flu season, EMS and Episode 183

  1. Jerry says:

    Great lead into a very topical subject. It just goes to show that our N95 masks are ONCE ONLY USE, and must be treated that way…….how many times do we use the same pair of gloves on different jobs?
    The idea of covering the mask with another mask .. is this a form of double gloving? we can call it double masking eh?? Or the Irish mask .. to be sure, to be sure!
    The idea is crazy .. and thought up by an office dweller who has never been on the streets!!
    I guess it makes a valid point, universal precautions are exactly that and we should be using them for all people with a common cold or with suspected H1N1….

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