Pandemic Preparedness: A Global Webinar on Transmission of Influenza and other Infectious Diseases- The Role of Breathing Filters in the Clinical Setting


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As the World Health Organization, National Institutes for Health, Centers for Disease Control and national governments throughout the world prepare for the worst possible mutation of H5N1 (avian influenza A), the critical care community has a window of opportunity to consider its level of preparedness within the hospital environment.

Listen to this comprehensive seminar or download the related material to learn more about influenza risks and measures of protection from insidious pathogens, both known and evolving.

The seminar is designed for healthcare systems and disciplines likely to be affected by infectious diseases, such as avian flu. It is especially relevant to first responders, emergency room physicians, infection control officers, anesthesiology practitioners, surgeons, respiratory and pulmonary specialists, nurses and public health officials


Understand the Health Risk Situation: Listen to an Overview and Update on the Routes of Transmission and Risk Organisms Including Avian Flu

  • Apply Lessons Learned from the SARS Outbreak
  • Immediate Protective Measures: Learn about the Role of Breathing Circuit Filtration as a Barrier to Transmission (A Technical and Clinical Perspective)


  • Daniel B. Jernigan, M.D. MPH, Acting Associate Director for Science, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Infectious Diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Laura Hawryluck, M.D., MSc, FRCPC, Physician Leader, Ian Anderson Continuing Education Program in EOL Care, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada 
  • Klaus Züchner, PhD, Dept. Anaesthesia Technology, University Hospital Göttingen, Germany
  • Andreas Widmer, MD, MSc, Division of Infectious Diseases, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
  • Joseph Cervia, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Medical Director, Pall Corporation, U.S. (Moderator)