Special Pathogens of Concern

.This course facilitates learners to describe pathogen-related factors that may warrant treatment in a biocontainment unit and to distinguish between concepts of infectious, communicable, and hazardous as they relate to Ebola and other special pathogens of concern. Participants will also be able to describe the clinical presentation of selected special pathogens from the two broad categories: viral hemorrhagic fevers and the highly pathogenic respiratory viruses.

Reusable respirators can effectively protect health care workers from airborne contaminants

Half-facepiece reusable elastomeric respirators are an effective and viable option for protecting health care workers from exposure to airborne transmissible contaminants or infectious agents during day-to-day work or with a sudden or rapid influx of patients, such as during a public health emergency.

Infection control influence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus: A hospital-based analysis

During the study, the use of personal protective equipment after the occurrence of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) infections compared with the period before MERS infections increased dramatically from 2,947.4 to 10,283.9 per 1,000 patient-days for surgical masks and from 22 to 232 per 1,000 patient-days for N95 masks.

Aeromedical Transfer of Patients with Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

For more than 40 years, the British Royal Air Force has maintained an aeromedical evacuation facility, the Deployable Air Isolator Team (DAIT), to transport patients with possible or confirmed highly infectious diseases to the United Kingdom. Currently, no UK-published guidelines exist on how to transfer such patients.