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Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On to Senate Floor

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On to Senate Floor

Legislation that would require the state to adopt rules to reduce toxic airborne contaminants, also known as “surgical plumes,” is headed to a vote on the floor of the California Senate. —National Nurses United, 08/12/16 More »

California Assembly Approves CNA-Sponsored Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings

California Assembly Approves CNA-Sponsored Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings

The California Assembly today approved a bill that would mitigate the presence of toxic airborne contaminants that pose a hazard to patients, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, in operating rooms and other surgical settings. —California Nurses Association, 05/19/16 More »

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On

Bill to Reduce Toxic Fumes in Surgical Settings Moves On

Legislation that would require the state to adopt rules to reduce toxic airborne contaminants, also known as “surgical plumes,” is headed to a vote on the floor of the California Assembly. —California Nurses Association, 05/04/16 More »

Infectious Disease News

Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing

Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing

The Zika epidemic that has spread from Brazil to the rest of Latin America is now raging in Puerto Rico — and the island’s response is in chaos. —Donald G. McNeil Jr., The New York Times, 08/01/16 More »

First Zika-linked birth defects detected in Colombia

First Zika-linked birth defects detected in Colombia

Researchers have found Colombia's first cases of birth defects linked to the Zika virus, Nature has learned — which are likely forerunners of a widely anticipated wave of Zika-related birth defects in the country. —Declan Butler, Nature, 03/04/16 More »

FDA issues recommendations to reduce the risk for Zika virus blood transmission in the United States

FDA issues recommendations to reduce the risk for Zika virus blood transmission in the United States

As a safety measure against the emerging Zika virus outbreak, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance recommending the deferral of individuals from donating blood if they have been to areas with active Zika virus transmission, potentially have been exposed to the virus, or have had a confirmed Zika virus infection. —U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 02/17/16 More »

Infectious Disease Blog

The UN recently declared “the greatest and most urgent global risk.”

The UN recently declared “the greatest and most urgent global risk.”

The UN recently declared “the greatest and most urgent global risk.” And it may surprise you to know that threat is antimicrobial resistance. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 02/01/17 More »

The Precautionary Principle is Paramount

The Precautionary Principle is Paramount

More than two years after the West African Ebola outbreak panicked the globe, Ebola news made headlines again when researchers found evidence suggesting that the deadly virus lingers in people’s lungs. —Bonnie Castillo, RN, Director of RN Response Network and Health & Safety at NNU, 01/17/17 More »

National Nurses United launches premiere Health & Safety Division

National Nurses United launches premiere Health & Safety Division

Recently, National Nurses United launched the Nurses Health & Safety Campaign. This project is a network of nurses and allies, committed to collectively advocating for nurse health and safety. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 12/20/16 More »

 

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