Action Needed: Urge the CDC and HICPAC to Fully Recognize Aerosol Transmission and Protect Health Care Workers and Patients
The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently initiated work to update the CDC’s guidance, Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings, last updated in 2007, based on “lessons learned” during the Covid-19 pandemic. This foundational guidance directs infection control practices for a wide range of pathogens in health care settings in the United States and around the world.
BUT the process is obscured. Working group meetings are closed to the public. Short updates are provided at HICPAC meetings but drafts are not posted. Based on updates provided at HICPAC meetings over the past year in addition to other presentations from CDC staff regarding the guidance updates, there are concerns that the CDC may be headed in the wrong direction on multiple fronts, including failing to fully recognize aerosol transmission, incorporating crisis standards into infection control guidance, and downgrading personal protective equipment for health care workers. Read this document for more details.
We need your help to tell the CDC and HICPAC: fully recognize aerosol transmission and protect health care workers and patients!
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