ANSI details standards aimed at flu prevention.
Press Release Summary:
October 6, 2009 - Standards developed by ISO addressing safe/effective use of hypodermic needles and syringes, such as in flu vaccines, include ISO 7864:1993, Sterile hypodermic needles for single use. In addition, 4-part ISO 7886 details use of different syringe types. Protective habits are covered in ASTM E2276-03e1, Standard Test Method for Determining the Bacteria-Eliminating Effectiveness of Hygienic Handwash and Handrub Agents Using the Fingerpads of Adult Subjects.
Original Press Release
Health Matters: Standards Assist Americans in Preventing Spread of the Flu
Press release date: September 22, 2009
ISO 7886-2:1996, Part 2: Syringes for use with power-driven syringe pumps
ISO 7886-3:2005, Part 3: Auto-disable syringes for fixed-dose immunization
ISO 7886-4:2006, Part 4: Syringes with re-use prevention feature These standards were developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 84, Devices for administration of medicinal products and intravascular catheters, Subcommittee (SC) 1, Syringes, needles and intravascular catheters for single use. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator for this SC is the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer. The CDC also lists a number of good health habits that help protect people from contracting the flu. These include: covering the nose and mouth with a tissue during a cough or sneeze; washing hands often with soap and water; avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth; and avoiding close contact with sick people, among others. Standards are also in place to increase the effectiveness of these healthy habits. ASTM E2276-03e1, Standard Test Method for Determining the Bacteria-Eliminating Effectiveness of Hygienic Handwash and Handrub Agents Using the Fingerpads of Adult Subjects, is a standard that can apply to soap used in the frequent hand-washing recommended during flu season. This document was developed by ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator. Beyond preventative measures, the CDC suggests antiviral drugs if recommended by a doctor for those who have contracted the flu. For more information on the fighting the flu, see the CDC's website.