JEMS Editorial Board member Kathy West is telling Fire-Rescue Med attendees the facts about OSHA updates and infection control. For example, did you know healthcare workers are to receive a one-time only booster of Tdap? Some attendees have been sold extra boosters. West explains the idea of "immunologic memory." Often times there's no need for a booster. Make sure you know what you need so you don't waste money for needless boosters.
West offers a helpful search to check out the facts. At CDC.gov, search for vaccine immunization recommendations. You should find a 72-page document about recommendations of
healthcare personnel that will help you.
Finally another pearl of wisdom: West tells of a new rapid testing for Hep C that is $29.95 and takes only 20 minutes. The best news is that this test, which is 99.8% accurate, can be done in the emergency department. You don't need an approved lab.