HCTW news brief: Educating healthcare workers about preventing H1N1

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 18, 2009

Hospitals around the country are hoping to prevent healthcare workers from becoming infected by H1N1 virus—otherwise known as swine flu—when caring for infected patients. But evidence suggests simple surgical masks may not be effective in preventing infection.

The Institute of Medicine recently called for healthcare workers in close contact with infected patients to wear fit-tested N95 respirators, which block up to 95% of particles as small as 0.3 micrometers, which is smaller than influenza viruses.

Source: HealthLeaders Media

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