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Since SARS, policies on the protection of health care workers from respiratory pathogens have been challenging to develop, in part due to the release of many recently conducted studies on the topic. In order to assist policy-makers with accessing up-to-date information, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis. The objectives were to review, synthesize and evaluate interventions to prevent transmission of acute respiratory infections (ARIs) to health care workers. The overall goal is to inform policies used for health care worker protection against future unknown pathogens. In this session, we will present the methodology and key findings of the systematic review and meta-analysis as well as discuss the implications.
Please note: Due to high demand, this session will be repeated on July 14, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
Presenter: Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith is a Research Coordinator in Infection Prevention and Control at Public Health Ontario (PHO). His primary project has been a systematic review of the data for N95 respirator and surgical mask use by health care workers for the prevention of transmission of acute respiratory infections from patients to health care workers.
Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).
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