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H1N1: Tips to Stay Updated

Although H1N1 (swine flu) has faded from the evening news headlines it has not gone away. This map from the CDC shows the geographic spread of H1N1 in the United States as of July 11. What is the incidence of H1N1 in your state?

Scroll down for Everyday EMS Tips on staying up-to-date about incidence of H1N1, assessing and treating suspected patients, and avoiding contracting H1N1.

1. Visit the CDC H1N1 website frequently for the most up-to-date information.

2. Follow local infection control guidelines specific to H1N1.

3. Always select and don appropriate personal protective equipment when you are assessing and treating any patient.

4. Wash your hands before and after every patient contact.

5. Fit a surgical mask or non-rebreather mask to symptomatic patients.

6. Offer waterless handwashing products to patients during and after transport.

7. Throughly disinfect the ambulance, cot, and patient care and assessment equipment after each use.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.