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  • Studies Show Great Variation in Contact Precautions

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends placement of patients with a history of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and/or vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) colonization on contact precautions (CP). However, without national guidelines to advise on if or when contact precautions should may be discontinued, hospitals are left to determine for themselves when to remove patients from isolation, if at all.More...

  • Studies Stir New Debate About Influenza Virus Size, Transmission Risk, PPE Use

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    Editor's note: This is a two-part series examining viral size, transmission of disease, and implications for respiratory protection worn by healthcare workers. Clinicians and infection preventionists may need to rethink what they currently know about respiratory protection in light of several recent studies indicating that the influenza virus can be carried in smaller particles than previously thought. Additionally, there is debate over airborne transmission and what kind of PPE healthcare More...

  • NIOSH Working Toward Answers to Key Respiratory Protection Questions

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    Editor's note: This is a two-part series looking at issues relating to respiratory protection. Part 1 in the September issue examined viral size, transmission of disease, and implications for respiratory protection worn by healthcare workers. Part 2 explores PPE-related research questions, influenza transmission research, and barriers to PPE compliance by healthcare workers.More...

  • Respiratory Protection: Compliance, Research are Key Issues for the Future

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    Ensuring healthcare worker compliance with donning proper respiratory protection when it is warranted remains a challenge for infection preventionists and is a continued area of study by researchers in the public and private sectors. More...

  • OSHA Explores Infectious Exposure Issues

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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is continuing to examine occupational exposure to infectious agents in healthcare settings, and members of the infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology communities are weighing in with their perspectives as the federal agency gathers data.More...

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