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swine flu

Putting on Influenza PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for Healthcare Workers

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This video is the best Ive seen on this vital topic - thanks Australia Dept of Health and Aging ! Healthcare workers must be provided with the proper PPE, including respirators (and not surgical masks) to protect them from airborne, droplet and contact transmission of the current H1N1 flu virus. We need our healthcare workers to stay healthy to be able to keep taking care of us! Sadly, healthcare workers worldwide are often not getting the protection they need from airborne disease,such as the current swine flu. In this current swine flu outbreak, CDC began suggesting that surgical masks will do to protect healthcare workers (without the nylon stockings mentioned in this song). Much evidence regarding airborne transmission and the need for true respirators has accumulated since this video was made. A recent report by the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) RESPIRATORY PROTECTION FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN THE WORKPLACE AGAINST NOVEL H1N1 INFLUENZA A (HTTP://WWW.NAP.EDU ) supports that health care workers who interact with patients suspected or confirmed to be infected with novel H1N1 influenza Ashould wear fitted N95 respirators, which filter better than looser medical masks. However, wearing N95 respirators should be only one element of workers' and health care organizations' infection control strategies. This clip is from the wonderful Australian Government Department of Health and Agings DVD "Pandemic Infuenza Preparedness, Safe Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)". Downloadable clips from this DVD are available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/panflu/publishing.nsf/Content/safeuse-dvd-1