"The Hospital Pandemic Influenza Guidelines in Acute Care Hospital Settings have been prepared by Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS), and now include recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These guidelines are designed to assist those responsible for managing pandemic influenza in traditional health care settings such as acute care (hospitals) settings. This document presents an overview of infection prevention and control policies and procedures that will be critical to minimize the transmission of pandemic influenza, with or without the availability of immunization or chemoprophylaxis, and for preventing other infectious diseases. It is recognized that certain recommendations may be feasible only in the early phases of the pandemic as they may not be achievable as the pandemic spreads and resources become scarce. Part A describes a foundation to develop an infection control/occupational health (IC/OH) plan for the management of pandemic influenza with particular focus on influenza transmission, routine practices, pandemic influenza education and public health restrictions. Major attention is given to the management of health care workers during an influenza pandemic. Recommendations for the use of influenza vaccine and antivirals for health care workers (HCWs) and patients are included in these guidelines and they are fully outlined in the vaccine and antiviral sections. Part A also explains the lack of evidence to support the use of masks to prevent transmission of influenza during previous pandemics. The evidence shows that, in the early phase of an influenza pandemic, it may be prudent for HCWs to wear masks when interacting in close face-to-face contact with coughing individuals to minimize influenza transmission."
2006 County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services.
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