Sunday, November 23, 2014

Many people in the medical, dental, and public safety communities feel overwhelmed by infection control issues. There is a need for accurate, straightforward, and practical information at a reasonable cost. The Infection Control Network was formed to provide comprehensive assistance in meeting your infection control information needs. Our staff of experts trained in infection control issues is available to answer your questions on an ongoing basis.

For an annual fee of $60, members of the Network receive the following benefits:

  • A bi-monthly newsletter, The Source, with up-to-date information on communicable diseases as well as legislative, regulatory, and legal developments regarding infection control tailored to the either the law enforcement or medical/dental practice communities.

  • Access to the Network staff of infection control and regulatory compliance professionals for fast answers to your pressing questions, through a toll-free "800" number.

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.

Ebola Resources

Could It Be Ebola?

What SHOULD be done for a patient under investigation (PUI) for Ebola virus disease? Read more...

Q&As on Transmission

Are you concerned about how Ebola is Spread? Could you contract it? Get answers to Ebola transmission questions here.

Healthcare Workers Occupationally Acquire Ebola Virus Infection

To date, two nurses who cared for the first Ebola infected person in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Ebola infection. From current reports by the CDC, it appears that there were breaks in infection control practices. In particular, perhaps the improper removal of personal protective equipment (PPE) was a factor. One nurse traveled on a commercial airline with a low grade fever, she was to have been on voluntary quarantine. Persons in the group who were in contact with the Index patient, Mr. Duncan, are to be on quarantine and conduct self-monitoring for temperature twice daily. It appears that education and compliance have been a problem. These worked for SARS but it appears all has been forgotten over time.
Read more...

Are you a Baby Boomer?

Get tested for Hepatitis C. The CDC is asking for a one time screen for Hepatitis C. Case rates are higher in this age group.

Age group includes persons born between 1945 and 1965.  Rapid testing is an appropriate means for testing.

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!

Hepatitis C News

2014 - New - Two new drugs approved by FDA that "cure" 80% to 95% plus of HCV cases. Good results for person who did not respond to previous treatment. Milder side effects.