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The CDC reaffirms N95s for healthcare worker protection against H1N1

Hospital Safety Insider, October 21, 2009

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As we first reported last week on our Twitter account and in Mac’s Safety Space, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued revised interim guidelines that continue to recommend that healthcare workers wear N95 respirators when within 6 ft. of patients with suspected or confirmed H1H1 swine flu.
 
However, the CDC also noted N95 supply concerns and recommended a variety of measures that may help conserve respirators and other personal protective equipment.
 
Meanwhile, OSHA issued a statement saying it expects hospitals to follow the CDC’s recommendations and show a good faith effort to acquire respirators should supplies be limited.



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