Asheville, NC (PRWEB) July 17, 2006
With the growing threat of pandemic flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds everyone that simple steps can help prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
- Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer.
- Wear a face mask if you think you have the flu.
The CDC now requires healthcare providers to remind patients and visitors of these simple steps using posters or signage. In addition, tissues, hand sanitizer and masks must be available and accessible. These mandates are part of CDC’s new Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette Guidelines.
Quality America, Inc., a North Carolina company that produces OSHA educational materials for medical facilities, has developed the Infection Protection Station, a new product that makes compliance with the new CDC guidelines easy.
The Infection Protection Station is a compact countertop unit that dispenses facial tissues, instant hand sanitizer and protective face masks in adult and child sizes. It features a colorful poster that uses pictures and simple language as reminders of good respiratory hygiene habits.
“Healthcare providers can easily comply with CDC’s Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette Guidelines with the Infection Protection Station,” says Dr. Sheila Dunn, president and CEO of the company and a nationally recognized speaker on OSHA regulations.
“We make it easy for busy physician offices and other medical facilities to meet the guidelines while doing their part to help prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, such as TB,” states Dunn. “That’s our mission at Quality America: To make compliance with federal regulations easy.”
While the Infection Protection Station was designed specifically for medical facilities to comply with the CDC guidelines, the unit can be used in any location, such as business offices, retail stores, banks, schools and other public places.
“The federal government is asking all of us to prepare for pandemic flu–not just doctors’ facilities,” says Dunn. “All of us need to do our part to prevent the spread of infection, no matter where we are.”
For more information about the Infection Protection Station, visit http://www.quality-america.com/ or call 800-946-9956. For more information on CDC’s Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette Guidelines, go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/infectioncontrol/resphygiene.htm. Materials for preparing for pandemic flu can be found http://www.hhs.gov/pandemicflu/plan/.
More About Quality America, Inc.:
Founded in 1990, Quality America, Inc. offers a full line of OSHA training and compliance products for physician, dental and other medical facilities across the country. In addition to the Infection Protection Station, Quality America’s products address the bloodborne pathogen regulations, guidelines for tuberculosis, hazardous materials, workplace violence prevention and other OSHA safety requirements. The company’s president and CEO, Dr. Sheila Dunn, is a widely respected lecturer and author of more than 200 articles on regulatory compliance issues for the primary care medical market. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical laboratory science education from the Catholic University of America.
NOTE: A HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGE OF THE INFECTION PROTECTION STATION IS AVAILABLE. Please visit the Press Room at http://www.quality-america.com/companyprofile/Pressroom.htm to download. Head shots of Dr. Sheila Dunn and Quality America logos also available at the site. Interviews with Dr. Dunn can be arranged by calling 828-645-3661.
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