In this trial of 446 nurses (in the ED or medical/pediatric wards) caring for patients with a febrile respiratory illness during last year’s influenza season, they were randomized to wearing a fit-tested N95 respirator or a surgical mask during direct patient care. The rate of lab-confirmed influenza was no different between the groups (22.9% vs 23.6%). A surgical mask confers equal protection as an N95 respirator in protecting against influenza infection, during routine direct patient care (abstract).
by Deepak Asudani, MD, MPH, FHM Whether it is the prompt and expeditious international collaboration to develop an Ebola vaccine, or tardy but promising development of the first anti parasitic malarial vaccine or the fascinating technology utilizing synthetic DNA for vaccine development against MERS, these developments promise to highlight significant strides in vaccine development for […]
Economists describe preferences in two ways: revealed and stated. Say, for example, I asked you to implement a penalty program for your team with the goal of decreasing the number of occasions members did not clean their hands after a patient encounter. Because you know bad hands equal bad outcomes, you’re apt to offer up […]
by Eric Howell, MD, SFHM “Tell me what you know about antibiotics.” That’s the discussion I start with hospitalized patients all the time, right after they ask me to prescribe antibiotics for their simple cough, or other viral-like illness. And, from their perspective, asking for antibiotics makes sense. After all, antibiotics have been the physician’s […]