Welcome to Infection Control Network

Many people in the medical, dental, and public safety communities feel overwhelmed by infection control issues. We are here to provide for accurate, straightforward, and practical information at a reasonable cost.

Patterns in Zika Virus Testing and Infection, by Report of Symptoms and Pregnancy Status

During January 3–March 5, 2016, Zika virus testing was performed in the United States for 4,534 people who traveled to or moved from areas with active Zika virus transmission; 3,335 (73.6%) were pregnant women. Among 1,541 people who received testing and reported symptoms, 182 (11.8%) had confirmed Zika virus infection. Only seven asymptomatic pregnant women (0.3%) had confirmed Zika virus infection. These data suggest that in the current U.S. setting, the likelihood of Zika virus infection among asymptomatic people is low. 

Read more here...

Sharoda Dasgupta, PhD; Sarah Reagan-Steiner, MD; Dana Goodenough, MPH; et al.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65(Early Release)

OSHA Fines Illinois Ambulance Authority.

Federal safety and health investigators have cited Altamont Ambulance Service Inc. in Fairview Heights, Ill., for workplace safety and health violations and fined the company $290,100.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Altamont failed to follow specific guidelines to protect emergency healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other hazards while providing patient care.

OSHA issued five willful, 16 serious and three other-than-serious safety and health violations to the emergency medical service provider. The agency opened inspections in January 2016, after receiving a complaint alleging violations of OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen exposure and various other health and safety standards.

Read More Here

To view the OSHA Citations View Here 

The Source Newsletter

The Network has now been transfered to the National Association for Public Safety Infection Control Officers - NAPSICO.

NAPSICO offers The Source newsletter to members of the Infection Control Network. This bimonthly newsletter comes in two editions to help keep Network members abreast of current infection control issues. One newsletter is tailored for the medical and dental community and the other for law enforcement, fire/rescue, and ambulance service personnel.

For more information contact us at www.NAPSICO.org.

OSHA/ Infection Control Annual Update Training - 2016

Bewildered by what to include in this years infection control training. Wish someone had just written a presentation for you. Look No Further! We have! Follow our scripted presentation. Zika, Ebola and MERS included. 

Order Here...

Tdap Booster Notice

CDC now recommends Tdap boosters for grandparents over 64 who care for young children. Outbreaks currently across the country.

Remember- all healthcare workers are to have a one time booster of Tdap to protect against whooping cough!

Are Antibacterial Soaps Safe?

Are Antibacterial Soaps Safe? Companies say there's no cause for alarm, but studies suggest they may be dangerous. Now the FDA is preparing to rule. 

Is the quest for clean doing more harm than good?

Read more...