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Survey Finds MRSA Prevalent in Washington Fire Stations

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

A survey sent out to 33 fire stations around Washington state found more than a half tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a news report.

Report on PAPR Use in Healthcare

Wed, Jan 7, 2015

The Institute of Medicine Report, Use and Effectiveness of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators in Health Care Report, was published yesterday.

Is Your Stethoscope Dirty?

Mon, Aug 4, 2014

A study published this year in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings compared contamination of physician hands to their stethoscopes.

Hand Sanitizers Not Readily Accessible

Mon, Aug 4, 2014

One in five U.S. healthcare facilities fails to have hand sanitizers at every point of patient care, according to a recent study.

New Organization for Public Safety Infection Control Officers

Thu, May 1, 2014

The National Association for Public Safety Infection Control Officers (NAPSICO) is a new non-profit association established to give you the tools needed to develop and manage an effective infection control program in your department.

Finally, an EMS Infection Control Reference

Wed, Apr 10, 2013

APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has developed a free, downloadable Guide to Infection Prevention in Emergency Medical Services.

Ryan White: Back, But Not Without Issues

Fri, Apr 27, 2012

Katherine West and James R. Cross comment on medical facilities taking issue with certain provisions in the reinstated Ryan White Comprehensive AIDs Emergency Response Act and what responders need to know about it.

Ryan White Reinstated

Mon, Nov 14, 2011

Two years past the Congressionally ordered deadline, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on November 4, 2011 announced reinstatement of the notification requirements for emergency responders exposed to infectious diseases.

MRSA in the Firehouse: Are You Safe?

Fri, Aug 5, 2011

A study clearly illustrates that MRSA, a deadly antibiotic-resistant bacterium, is present in the fire service environment and suggests transmission is occurring between firefighters and their environment.

FDA Slaps Hand Sanitizer Manufacturers

Mon, May 16, 2011

Citing unproven claims that their hand sanitizers prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterial infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to four manufacturers.

Tips for Combating Bedbug Infestation

Fri, Feb 11, 2011

Firefighters and paramedics may encounter bedbug infestations in the course of responding to calls and can bring these pests back to the firehouse. Calvin Crupper shares tips on keeping your fire station bedbug-free.

CDC Publishes New H1N1 and Flu PPE Guidelines: Science Prevails

Wed, Jan 12, 2011

On September 23, 2010 the CDC published new guidance for prevention of seasonal and H1N1 influenza. Katherine West discusses the implications of the new guidelines for EMS responders.

The Return of Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Wed, Oct 20, 2010

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis and is considered a highly communicable disease. Pertussis is known for its uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to take in a breath.

Bird Flu: Not Gone, Not Forgotten

Mon, Oct 18, 2010

Citing continued spread among birds, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently noted that H5N1 or "bird flu" poses significant threat to humans and has potential to ignite a full blown global pandemic.

Mandatory Flu Vaccination?

Wed, Sep 22, 2010

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) issued an October 2010 position paper calling for mandatory influenza vaccination of all health care providers (HCPs).

WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic Over

Wed, Aug 18, 2010

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the H1N1 pandemic over on July 10, 2010, transitioning global alert and response activities to “post-pandemic” stage. This does not mean the H1N1 (2009) influenza virus is no longer active, in fact, outbreaks are expected to continue as the virus seems to have transitioned into the dominant flu virus as we enter the 2010 influenza season.


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