KATHERINE H. WEST , BSN, MSEd, has been working in the field of infection control since 1975. She lectures nationally and internationally on this topic. She publishes books, training materials, and articles on infection-control-related issues. She has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. She has served as an education specialist for the National Institutes of Health and authored the Infectious Disease Handbook for Emergency Care Personnel, now in its third edition. She is a consultant to the U.S. Public Health Service, Federal Occupational Health. She was the recipient of the following awards: the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology’s “Hero in Infection Control & Prevention” in 2006, International Association of Fire Chiefs–EMS Section Meritorious Service Award, and the State of Virginia Governor’s award.