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National News / Health

Tuesday, 28 April, 2009 6:31 PM

How To Protect Yourself From Swine Flu/H1N1 Virus: A Special Section

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Combating Swine Flu: HTH Worldwide Offers Tips to Travelers

RADNOR, Pa. -- In the wake of media reports on the outbreak of swine flu, HTH Worldwide, a global health and safety services company, is offering advice to travelers who may already be in Mexico and are concerned about what steps to take.
Over one million American businesspeople, expatriates, students studying abroad and vacationers are already in Mexico. For those travelers, HTH Worldwide offers five basic tips:

  • Do your homework. Smart travelers should take time to understand the nature of Swine Flu, including its symptoms and transmission (http://www.hthtravelinsurance.com/extras/swineFlu.cfm).
  • Know the hospital emergency rooms in your destination. This is a step that people rarely take the time to consider, but understanding the local healthcare landscape in a city such as Mexico City can be important, especially in an emergency. HTH has identified reliable emergency rooms throughout Mexico and in Mexico City neighborhoods typically frequented by U.S. visitors. You don't want to rely on the hotel concierge for a recommendation on a good doctor or hospital.
  • Understand what medications are needed. Tamiflu(R) or Relenza(R) are the drugs of choice. Tamiflu is not available commercially but has been stockpiled by the government in adequate supplies and is being dispensed via large hospitals. Relenza has been commercially available in Mexico but demand may exceed supply.
  • Know the language, at least a little bit. In an emergency situation, a language barrier can be tragic. If you don't speak the local language, have a translation tool or resource with you.
  • Don't panic. The outbreak of Swine Flu has garnered international media attention. Even though the Centers for Disease Control have advised against non-essential travel to Mexico, stay informed and keep you perspective - you might not have to cancel that trip just yet.


"Knowledge is the great equalizer; everyone who is traveling to Mexico City should immerse themselves in facts and not simply listen to the rumors," said Angelo Masciantonio, director and CEO, HTH Worldwide. "There are numerous technologies and tools that will help you remain informed about the true nature of this outbreak. If a traveler does encounter swine flu or other issues while abroad, it's critical that they receive high quality healthcare, HTH offers its information and access to highly-qualified caregivers via the Internet and a mobile application called mPassport(R) (www.mpassport.com)."

HTH Worldwide has a global network of more than 5,000 hospitals and English-speaking doctors in 180 countries. This network includes twenty-one hospitals and 84 doctors in Mexico City.

Source: HTH Worldwide

 

College of American Pathologists Is Confident in U.S. Laboratories' Ability to Respond to Influenza Outbreak

NORTHFIELD, Ill.-- Long regarded as the gold standard in monitoring medical laboratory performance, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) believes that the nation's laboratories will be able to adequately process and handle influenza cases and adapt to evolving guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Their readiness is demonstrated through the CAP's Proficiency Testing (PT) program. The College's program is the largest laboratory peer comparison program in the world, routinely helping laboratories evaluate their performance and improve the accuracy of the patient results they provide.

The College provides individual laboratories with unknown specimens for testing. Participants analyze these specimens and return their results to the CAP for evaluation. Each participating laboratory receives a report of its performance as well as a report summarizing the results from all participating laboratories.

Four of these PT programs test proficiency in influenza testing, although not specifically for the swine flu strain. The College data about the capability of U.S. labs to detect influenza A indicate a high degree of proficiency among America's labs, and laboratory testing for influenza is the key to quickly detecting disease and protecting public health.

In addition, after 9/11, the College partnered with the CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) to create a Laboratory Preparedness Exercise which tests the strength of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN). The LRN is a system of designated laboratories established to enhance early detection and surveillance activities, as well as increase laboratory response capacity associated with a potential pandemic or bioterrorism threat. In the United States, the LRN--a system of 1,500 laboratories throughout the 50 states--enables earlier detection of flu cases and allows public health agencies to investigate sources of infection more quickly and, therefore, more effectively respond with control and prevention activities.

A potential pandemic virus is defined, among other things, as a novel strain that is not easily treated. While novel, this strain of swine flu responds to two medications. To reduce the risk of spreading or contracting swine flu, Americans should practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and should stay home from school and work when sick, as well as follow the guidance of local public health officials regarding the closing of public venues and events.


The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

Source: College of American Pathologists

 

Will Face Masks Protect Against Swine Flu?

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- With growing concerns about the current spread of the swine flu, the question has been raised, "Will face masks protect against swine flu?"

Tony Hanson, Managing Director of Marketing for Encompass Group, the manufacturer of ProGear(TM), an innovative, technologically advanced system of medical face masks developed and manufactured in the United States, stated, "At this time it is believed that the current strain of swine flu is passed hand-to-mouth and is not airborne, and the best defense is hand washing. However, the face mask does provide another level of defense to protect the nose and mouth from inadvertent touching."

Encompass is in the process of establishing Federal Supply Contracts for ProGear face masks made in the USA. "We are keeping in touch with our government contacts to get the latest updates as we all learn more about the swine flu. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending the use of certain types of face masks if you are in close contact with someone who has, or may have, the swine flu even though the airborne contaminate issue is still being debated.

"The swine flu is a reminder of how quickly a pandemic can be upon us." Hanson continued, "Obviously, there are concerns that other countries may stock pile masks for their own citizens. Since our masks are manufactured in the United States we are ready to supply US citizens with large quantities of masks should it become necessary. There is also the concern that face masks manufactured in Mexico may become difficult to get if Mexican workers are ill, or their plants are closed. Additionally, masks could become the target of the drug cartels operating in Mexico if the demand becomes great enough.

"It's very important that we have our own supply of masks here in the USA. We will continue to monitor this situation, and remain ready to supply masks throughout the United States."

About ProGear and Encompass Group

The ProGear line includes Dry Shield(TM) masks for fluid resistance, Clear-View(TM) anti-fog masks for increased visibility, Skin-Saver(TM) masks, free of dyes for those wearers with sensitive skin, and high-performance Isolation masks. ProGear's customizable Imprints(TM) line allows customers to personalize each mask with logos or custom designs. All ProGear masks feature the comfortable Wave-Fit preformed nosepiece, and are available with either ear loops or ties. The Dry Shield masks are also available with visors for extra protection.

In addition to their breakthrough design, ProGear masks come in innovative new packaging. Color-keyed to match mask colors and types for easy identification on the shelf, the packages include a unique viewing window to show what's inside before the box is opened.

Encompass Group is headquartered in McDonough, Georgia, Encompass has been helping health care providers create safe, comfortable environments for patients and staff for close to a century. Encompass is focused on prevention.

Source: Encompass Group

 

Skinvisible's DermSafe(R) Hand Sanitizer Kills Swine Flu Virus

LAS VEGAS -- Skinvisible, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SKVI), a research and development company of patented skincare and medical dermatology products, has developed a hand sanitizing lotion that has proven effective in killing the H1N1 swine flu virus found in pigs. Retroscreen Virology of London England conducted the studies with Skinvisible's Hand Sanitizer Lotion; DermSafe. The product demonstrated it had a greater than 99.99 % inactivation/kill on H1N1 influenza A, a virus similar to the human swine flu virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday raised the pandemic threat to a phase 4 - "sustained human to human transmission". The Center for Disease Control states that the virus spreads the same way the regular flu does; "Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose."

When the lotion is applied to the hands, DermSafe is proven to not only kill bacteria and viruses immediately but also to stay bound to the skin for 4 hours or more; continuing to kill germs - even after hand washing. The product does not contain alcohol and therefore is non-drying and does not present some of the dermatitis issues that alcohol-based products do.

"Skinvisible has a series of studies demonstrating that our DermSafe hand sanitizer kills a host of viruses and bacteria, including several influenza viruses such as H1N1 ('swine flu'), H3N2 and H5N1 ('avian bird flu virus')," said Mr. Terry Howlett, President and CEO of Skinvisible. "We are confident that DermSafe can offer protection for people concerned about spreading germs from person to person and we will continue to undertake more studies on these and other viruses."

The active ingredient in DermSafe is chlorhexidine, which has been used in hospitals worldwide for over fifty years as a pre-surgical hand scrub. DermSafe is available for licensing both commercially in healthcare and food services as well as for personal use (retail) worldwide. DermSafe has been approved for distribution by Health Canada and the company is implementing a plan to seek FDA approval in the US and worldwide.

About Invisicare

Invisicare is Skinvisible's patented polymer delivery system that offers life-cycle management and unique enhancements for topically delivered products. It is a combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymers that hold active ingredients on the skin for extended periods of time resisting both wash off and perspiration. Invisicare can control the release of actives, reduce irritation and can eliminate some costly manufacturing processes. It is non-occlusive and allows for normal skin respiration while protecting against environmental irritants. www.invisicare.com

About Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals is a research-and-development company whose primary business objective is to license its proprietary formulations with Invisicare to pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical companies as well as assisting companies in enhancing their existing skin care products. Skinvisible receives a combination of research and development fees, upfront license fees, and ongoing royalties for the life of the Invisicare patent. Skinvisible's value also lies in its ability to continually generate new IP on dermatology and medical products formulated with Invisicare. www.skinvisible.com

 

 

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