Controlled studies are needed to address the efficacy of surgical masks and FFR use in preventing transmission of influenza and provide healthcare recommendations
Measure the effects of different room air exchange rates on healthcare worker exposure to potentially-infectious cough-generated aerosols.
Extend initial study to examine the effectiveness of different types and configurations of PPE at protecting healthcare workers from cough-generated airborne particles
Lindsley, WG, WP King, RE Thewlis, JS Reynolds, K Panday, G Cao and JV Szalajda. Dispersion and Exposure to a Cough-generated Aerosol in a Simulated Medical Examination Room. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. In press.
Noti, JD, WG Lindsley, FM Blachere, G Cao, ML Kashon, RE Thewlis, CM McMillen, WP King, JV Szalajda and DH Beezhold. Detection of Infectious Influenza Virus in Cough Aerosols Generated in a Simulated Patient Examination Room. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2012. doi: 10.1093/cid/cis237
Improved worker respiratory protection as a result of updated guidelines/recommendations for use of FFR and surgical masks