|Information about emergency preparedness for Spring and Summer storms can be found on the CDC Website at http://emergency.cdc.gov/ and the American Red Cross Website at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster. The CDC website also offers information about infection control after a disaster at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/infectioncontrol.asp . |
There has also been evidence of healthcare workers contracting the coronavirus from infected patients.
The US Preventive Services Task Force has issued a Recommendation Statement on screening for HIV. The guidelines call for the screening of adolescents and adults ages 15 to 65 who are not known to be at increased risk for HIV infection.
About 3 million Americans have hepatitis C. Most are baby boomers or people born from 1945-1965. Baby boomers are 5 times more likely to have hepatitis C. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people born during these years talk to their doctor about getting tested. Click here for further information.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that hundreds of millions of infections could be prevented if health-care professionals, patients and their families, wash their hands with alcohol-based rub or soap and water before and after touching patients and their surroundings.
Current data from the CDC suggests that hospitals have cut their incidence of invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in half since 2005, but the decline in community-associated MRSA infections has been much less. Click here to learn more.
US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin MD has officially endorsed community water fluoridation as "one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens."
To avoid giving a false sense of security to people who are allergic to natural rubber latex, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that manufacturers of FDA-regulated medical products stop using statements on labels such as "latex-free" or "does not contain latex." There is also an open comment period for draft guidance.
The CDC has released a new fact sheet regarding tuberculosis in the US.
OSAP also has a new resource entitledInfection Control in the News.
Be sure to bookmark www.HIVdent.org, The Internet's HIV/AIDS Oral Healthcare Resource.
For further information about Infection Prevention and Safety Guidelines, Education and Training, Policies and Other Resources see the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention.