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Increased Security, Restricted Electronics Use, and Now H1N1
January 19, 2010 8:17 AM by Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN
Scientists already know that smallpox, measles, tuberculosis, seasonal influenza and SARS can be transmitted during commercial flights. Now, in the first study to predict the number of H1N1 flu infections that could occur during a flight, UCLA researchers Read More...
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H1N1: Is Information Help or Hype
December 8, 2009 4:39 PM by Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN
Over the past several months we have seen the H1N1 virus spread rapidly around the world. Thousands have been infected and many have died. But how much of a real threat is the H1N1 virus compared to the seasonal flu virus? I ran across this info graphic Read More...
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Happy International Infection Prevention Week!
October 19, 2009 8:19 AM by Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN
In attempt to increase awareness on infection prevention and call attention to the need to protect patients and the public from the risk of healthcare-associated infections, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Read More...
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Stimulus Money for Infection Control & Prevention
October 6, 2009 1:43 PM by Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, healthcare facilities should be able to ramp up their infection control programs.According to the American Medical Association's website, the "Prevention and Wellness" section of the healthcare Read More...
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Disposables as H1N1 Pandemic Prevention
September 16, 2009 6:49 PM by Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN
A recent WebMD article addressing the flu pandemic said, "H1N1 swine flu is spreading faster and wider in the U.S. That's worrisome -- but more and more, health officials are fretting about what might happen the fall." In lieu of the growing concern around Read More...
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Are Nursing Uniforms Dangerous?
August 6, 2009 9:09 AM by Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN
A recent posting in the Wall Street Journal's health blog, "AMA Weighs Whether Docs Should Hang Up Their White Coats," highlights current discussion around whether physicians should have any clothing beyond the elbow, as it could harbor serious bacteria Read More...
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H1N1: Is It a Crisis or Is Staffing the Real Crisis?
July 22, 2009 8:08 AM by Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN
I recently returned from the APIC conference, where topics on the agenda ranged from H1NI, to Model Infection Prevention System of the Future. Most infection preventionists at the meeting felt they knew how to address the challenges of this new pandemic Read More...
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The Latest for Infection Control Professionals
June 9, 2009 3:43 PM by Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN
I am attending the annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) in Ft. Lauderdale this week. There will be significant information on the latest topics in infection prevention from leading experts on pandemics, of course, including Read More...
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Preventing the Spread of Swine Flu
May 18, 2009 10:15 AM by Susan Dubay, MPA, BSN, RN
Thank you again, to those who read my last posting about handwashing and the importance of this simple, yet critical practice both for healthcare practitioners and the public in general. It is especially relevant today with the latest outbreak of H1N1 Read More...
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