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DH publishes pandemic flu guidance for ambulance services

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The DH has published infection control guidance for ambulance services during an influenza pandemic. The document is for use during a pandemic and applies to lay responders as well as ambulance staff. 

It includes sections on patient management, infection control precautions, use of personal protective equipment and environmental infection control, as well as occupational health.

A summary of guidance for infection control in primary and secondary care has also been published.

This is an update of the guidance that was issued in September 2007 and it is specific to the current pandemic influenza virus, pandemic (H1N1).

It includes new or updated information about:

  • transmission characteristics of pandemic (H1N1) influenza
  • aerosol-generating procedures
  • occupational health: deployment of staff at high risk of complications from influenza
  • setting-specific guidance for mortuaries and dental surgeries.

Click here to download guidance.

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