Protecting health care workers from disease
From the California Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Watch July 2012 Newsletter
Health care workers often have close and prolonged contact with patients infected with the flu, tuberculosis, meningitis and other serious infectious diseases. During outbreaks of H1N1 influenza or other novel pathogens, health care workers are particularly at risk of infection.
Staff in health care workplaces must be trained and equipped to protect themselves and prevent the spread of these diseases. When health care workers can’t avoid exposure, using respiratory protection is an important component of an effective infection control program. Continue reading