View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Hand washing, wearing a mask, and isolating potential cases are all effective in interrupting the spread of viral respiratory infections and should be given greater attention when planning for widespread outbreaks, according to research published Sept. 22 in BMJ.
Tom Jefferson, Ph.D., of the Cochrane Collaboration in Rome, and colleagues analyzed data from a systematic review of 58 studies on the prevention of respiratory virus transmission with means such as barriers or hygiene.
A meta-analysis of six studies found that hand washing more than 10 times daily; wearing masks, gloves or gowns; or combining all these approaches are highly effective in preventing the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome. Good evidence also suggests that hygienic measures among younger children and household members of index cases offer the greatest effect on preventing the spread of respiratory viruses.
"Based on the findings of this review, we recommend that hand washing programs should be implemented nationwide, their effectiveness monitored, and their cost effectiveness evaluated. In situations of high risk of transmission, barrier measures should be implemented such as wearing gloves, gowns, and masks with a filtration apparatus, and isolation of likely cases. Most effort should be concentrated on reducing transmission from young children through regular education at school on hygiene," the authors conclude.
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top