Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WHO - Clinical management of human infection with new influenza A (H1N1) virus: revised guidance

WHO released revised guidance for clinical management of persons infected with 2009 H1N1. The 15-page document provides information on an array of topics; including guidance for clinical management in resource-poor settings, and examples of clinical triage algorithms for ILI and pneumonia.

The document provides information/guidance on the following:

  • Risk factors for severe disease

  • Case descriptions (uncomplicated influenza, complicated influenza, signs and symptoms of progressive disease)

  • Infection control

  • Diagnosis

  • General treatment considerations

  • Antiviral therapy

  • Care of severely ill patients (initial evaluation, antiviral therapy, supportive care, adjunctive pharmacologic therapy, secondary bacterial pneumonia)

  • Resource poor settings

  • Examples of clinical triage algorithms for ILI and pneumonia

The guide can be viewed in its entirety at:

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