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Infectious Diseases: Challenges and Solutions - References

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Nursingworld

Information on-line at the American Nurses Association’s web site

NursingWorld Bioterrorism and Disaster Response - How to Protect Yourself. Provides multiple ANA connecting links on related subject matter: OSHA recommendations and protection preparedness for pregnant women, smallpox, action alerts, and National Nurses Response Team. Retrieved on January 9, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/HealthcareandPolicyIssues/DPR.aspx

Public Health Nursing Practice: Aftermath of September 11, 2001. (Berkowitz, B. September 30, 2002). Contains material on public health’s involvement in bioterrorism planning and skills that prepare public health nurses in response planning using anthrax as an example. Retrieved on January 26, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume72002/Number3September30/September11PublicHealthNursing.aspx

Bioterrorism and Disaster Response. ANA site providing the RN with information on patient care, self protection, and hospital/community preparedness. Contains links to articles and organizations from major contributors in the field of bioterrorism. ANA board actions and collaborative efforts are included. Retrieved on January 8, 2006, www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/HealthcareandPolicyIssues/DPR.aspx

Caring for Those Who Care: A Tribute to Nurses and Their Safety. Foley, M. (September, 2004). Caring for those who care: A tribute to nurses and their safety. Peer reviewed article that provides a general introduction to nurse safety: biological, chemical, environmental/mechanical, physical, and physiological. Connecting links are included. Retrieved January 10, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume92004/Number3September30/TributetoNursesSafety.aspx

Patient Safety: Who Guards the Patient. Letter to the editor from a healthcare professional who offers insight into reducing the spread of disease. Connects to OJIN featured topic on patient safety and the professionals’ responsibility 2003. Retrieved on January 23, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/OJIN/LetterstotheEditor/MopeTAdeolaLetter.aspx

WV Nurses Win Flu Shot Arbitration. (September/October, 2005, p. 8). Briefly describes nurses’ action regarding mandated vaccines as a condition of employment. Retrieved on January 26, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/TAN/2005/SepOct05.aspx

ANA Needlestick Prevention Guide. (2002). Detailed document outlining information on risks, rights and protections per OSHA Standards, action plans, safety devices, resources, and sample exposure control, reporting and evaluation forms. Retrieved on January 30, 2006, www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/OccupationalandEnvironmental/occupationalhealth/SafeNeedles/NeedlestickPrevention.aspx

ANA Continuing Education: Needlestick Safety and Prevention Independent Study Module. (Foley, M. & A.T. Leyden). Free Independent Study Module containing information about the Needlestick and Prevention Act of 2000. Presents strategies to reduce exposures to blood borne pathogens. Retrieved on January 30, 2006 from www.nursingworld.org/mods/mod600/cendfull.htm

Professional Organizations

Information available at professional organizations’ sites

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): AAP Policy. Provides statement reports on policy, clinical practice, and technical information that supports the AAP’s organizational principles. Advanced search options are available. Retrieved January 31, 2006 from http://aappolicy.aappublications.org

APIC Influenza. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology provides information on flu vaccination through connecting links within APIC and government agencies. Retrieved on January 12, 2006 from www.apic.org/Content/NavigationMenu/GovernmentAdvocacy/Influenza/influenza.htm

Consumers Union: Stop Hospital Infections. Offers multiple connections: CDC, Institute of Healthcare Improvement, APIC, HHS, and a Newsroom link containing nationwide current events related to hospital acquired infections. Retrieved on January 30, 2006 from www.consumersunion.org/campaigns/stophospitalinfections/learn.html

Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID). Non-profit organization provides facts, national press releases, and cost effective strategies to reduce hospital infections. Retrieved February 1, 2006 www.hospitalinfection.org

National Foundation for Infectious Disease. (1917 – 2005). Contains information to educate the public and healthcare professional about cause, treatment, and prevention of infectious disease. Links connect to broad subject matter: fact sheets, publications, conferences/courses, and press conferences. Retrieved on January 30, 2006 from www.nfid.org

AETC National Resource Center. AIDS Education and Training Centers National Resource Center Web site is the c entral repository serving all 50 states including, 11 regional centers, for HIV training materials and information for healthcare providers. Includes connecting links to news and journals. Retrieved January 10, 2006 from www.aidsetc.org

The Pan African Health Foundation. The (PAHF) is an international aid organization effort focused on reducing disease burden. Offers numerous resources and link related to infection. Retrieved on February 1, 2006 from www.pahf.org

International Organizations

Information on-line from organizations’ with a global focus

World Health Organization (2006). Easy access links to news, reports, activities, and events regarding international health, epidemiology and laboratory advancements. Translations available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. Retrieved January 30, 2006 from www.who.int/topics/infectious_diseases/en/

Global Health Council: Infectious Disease Delivers global view of infectious disease containing valuable connecting links: description of organizational initiatives, resources, press releases and publications. Retrieved January 19, 2006 from http://globalhealth.org/view_top.php3?id=228

Infection Control Nurses Association ( UK) Accessible links include: news, discussion boards, special interest groups, and the British Journal of Infection Control. Retrieved January 31, 2006 from http://www.icna.co.uk

RCN MRSA. Health care staff and employers - Infection control Introduction. Site from the Royal College of Nursing outline infection control from basics to specifics: hand hygiene, blood and body fluids, exposure, decontamination, and specific infectious disease. Retrieved January 31, 2006 from www.rcn.org.uk/resources/mrsa/healthcarestaff/infectioncontrol

Stop TB Partnership International network uniting to bring awareness and commitment to fighting disease. Contains many connecting links. Retrieved January 11, 2006 fromwww.stoptb.org

Government Agencies

Sites related to U.S. and other Governments

Center for Disease Control (CDC): Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Up to the minute recommendations and reports on treads in health and disease. Retrieved on January 31, from www.cdc.gov/mmwr

Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule – United States, 2006. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) provides immunization schedules and catch up schedules in table format. Contains connecting links. Retrieved on January 20, from www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5451-Immunizationa1.htm

CDC: Emerging Infectious Disease Home site of journal offers numerous links and specific search opportunities. Retrieved January 31, 2006 from http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid

National Center for Infectious Diseases, Home Page Inclusive site offers a multitude of links: surveillance, global news, scientific resources, and educational opportunities. Retrieved on January 31, from www.cdc.gov/ncidod/

Antibiotic Resistance. Site from U. S. Food and Drug Administration that p rovides links to background information, strategies of management, and hot topics of discussion. Retrieved on January 31, from www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/anti_resist.html

FDA: Personal Protection Equipment & Influenza Outbreaks, Bird Flu (Avain Influenza) Offers information on use and needs in a variety of settings through connecting links. Retrieved January 10, 2006 from www.fda.gov/cdrh/ppe/fluoutbreaks.html

CDC - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Center for Disease Control provides multiple links connecting to information ranging from FAQ’s to surveillance, reporting, and laboratory testing. Spanish, Vietnamese and Japanese translation available. Retrieved on January 11, from www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/

U.S. Department of State: United States Diplomatic Mission to Italy: Avian Influenza Offers the latest news coupled with vast connecting links: CDC, WHO, USDA, facts, and studies. Retrieved on January 11, from http://italy.usembassy.gov/policy/topics/avianflu/default.asp

MEDLINEplus: Anthrax Includes links to the following: current news, National Institutes of Health, symptoms/diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, research, and more. Provides translation documents in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and French. Retrieved January 10, 2006 from www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/anthrax.html

Disaster Preparedness and Management - Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR). Department of Health: Government of Western Australia provides information on pandemic influenza with a vast number of connecting links: news updates (Avian/Bird Flu), State/National/International plans ( Canada, New Zealand, U.K., and U.S.), and education initiatives. Retrieved January 10, 2006 from www.health.wa.gov.au/disaster/pandemic_influenza/index.cfm

CHICA-Canada - Welcome to Community and Hospital Infection Control Association - Canada National volunteerassociation of Infection Control Professionals focused on improving health by excellence in infection control. Links include headlines, global calendar, and educational events. Retrieved January 31, 2006 from www.chica.org/

Public Health Agency of Canada. Numerous links and information on public health issues including infectious disease in North American , Asia, Europe, Japan, and the Dominican Republic. Retrieved January 12, 2006 from www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/new_e.html

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Scroll down to “Infectious Disease” links for statements and evidence updates on bacteriuria, hepatitis B & C, and syphilis. Retrieved January 31, 2006 from www.ahrq.gov/clinic/gcpspu.htm

Educational Settings

Information generated from academic sites

YaleGlobal: Preparing for a New Global Threat Part I. Discussion of the Avian flu including brief history of resent infectious diseases. Contains links to part II, supporting information, and translation in Chinese, French, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Retrieved January 23, 2006 from http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/display.article?id=5174

YaleGlobal Online Magazine. Has numerous articles related to infectious diseases around the world. Click on Health link. Translations to languages besides English are available. Retrieved January 23, 2006 from http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/index.jsp

University of NC-Charlotte: Improving the Capacity to Deliver Public Health Services after Disasters. (August, 2001). Diverse collegiate backgrounds collaborated to produce this manuscript. It discusses the effect of disasters: physical and mental health, injury, and communicable disease. Strategic systems and management recommendations are offered. Retrieved on January 31, from www.gadr.giees.uncc.edu/DOCS/ Theme_A_sent_oct_15/8.%20BLUEPRINT%20A.8%20ERIC%20NOJI%20ET%20AL.doc

Articles

Articles from a variety of sources.

Emerging Infectious Disease. International Conference on Women and Infectious Disease. Stone, P.W., Clark, S.P., Cimiotti, J., Correa-de-Araujo, R. (November, 2004). Nurses’ working conditions: implications for infectious disease. Research based information correlates working conditions with risk of contracting and combating infectious disease. Retrieved January 20, 2006 from www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol10no11/pdfs/04-0253.pdf

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Shelborne , S.A. , Montes, M., & Hamill, R.J.(December, 2005). Immune reconstitution inflammation syndrome: more answers, more questions. Summarizes data on HAART therapy of HIV patients at risk of developing IRIS. Retrieved January 11, 2006 from http://jac.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/dki444v1

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestional Disease (IFFGD). Pothoulakis, C. (2001). Clostridium difficile infection (c-diff). Explains transmission, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, and therapy of c-diff from a practioners perspective. Contains related links. Retrieved January 23, 2006 from www.aboutibs.org/Publications/CDifficile.html

Other Miscellaneous

Related information available on the web

USATODAY.com – U.S. taking the lead in fight against bird flu. MacLeod, C. (January, 2006). Outlines the U.S.’s international role and contribution to combat bird flu. Retrieved January 20, 2006 from www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-01-17-bird-flu-progress_x.htm

MedPage Today: Putting breaking news into practice. Free registration allows access to vast information and multiple connecting links. Retrieved January 23, 2006 from www.medpagetoday.com

Infection Control Today Home site provides links to current news and specific topic search opportunities. Retrieved January 30, 2006 from www.infectioncontroltoday.com

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