Web Alert

By Geoff Kelafant, MD, MSPH, FACOEM

(Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a new monthly column on Web sites of special interest to hospital occupational or employee health professionals. The author is medical director of the occupational health department at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL. He also is vice chairman and communications chairman of the Medical Center Occupational Health Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Arlington Heights, IL. In addition, Kelafant is editor of Guidelines for Employee Health Services in Health Care Facilities [see Hospital Employee Health, January 1998, pp. 7-8, and special supplement mailed to subscribers], and editor of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Resources World Wide Web site at http://www.occenvmed.net. You can access an electronic version of this article at www.occenvmed.net/heh and click on the links instead of typing them in.)

Internet Resources at the CDC

The CDC provides a wealth of helpful resources. Many of the documents are in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format and require Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free from the CDC site.

Hospital Infections Program

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/hip/hip.htm

Includes information on antimicrobial resistance, infection control, outbreak management, and various guidelines and recommendations.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Electronic Edition

http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/mmwr.html

Provides access to MMWR, MMWR Recommendations and Reports, MMWR Surveillance Summaries, MMWR Supplements, MMWR Summary of Notifiable Diseases, and other related publications. As of October 1998, free CEU/CNE/CME credit has been available for MMWR Recommendations and Reports using an on-line system, fax, or regular mail.

Mailing list subscriptions

http://www.cdc.gov/subscribe.html

CDC provides e-mail subscriptions to a number of publications, including MMWR, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and several publications dealing with HIV/AIDS.

Hepatitis Branch

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/index.htm

Hepatitis information (A, B, C, D, E, G) for both health care providers and patients is available. The resource center has slide sets (Powerpoint) on Epidemiology and Prevention of Viral Hepatitis and Adolescent Hepatitis B Vaccine, which are free.

Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/

Includes numerous electronic resources pertaining to TB, including slide sets and TB Notes newsletters.