Volume 13, Number 10—October 2007
Personal Protective Equipment and Antiviral Drug Use during Hospitalization for Suspected Avian or Pandemic Influenza1
|HCW activity||Recommended PPE set|
|Close contact (<1 m) with potential API-infected patient within or outside of the isolation room or area||Gloves, gown, N95 mask (or equivalent particulate respirator), eye protection|
|Cleaning||Gloves, either gown or apron|
|Patient transport within healthcare facilities||Gown, gloves|
|Specimen transport and processing||Not defined except to use “safe handling practices”; interpreted as use of gloves (minimum) and gown if opening specimen bag.|
*WHO, World Health Organization; HCW, healthcare worker; PPE, personal protective equipment; API, avian or pandemic influenza.
†Derived from (7).
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1This research was presented in part at the 47th Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Chicago, Illinois, USA, September 17-20, 2007.