Tightened guidance for U.S. healthcare workers on personal protective equipment for Ebola
Published Date:October 20, 2014
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Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Description:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance
for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity. The
guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use
and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely.
Recent experience from safely treating patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska
Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center are reflected in the guidance.
The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:
• All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including taking it on and off in a systemic manner
• No skin exposure when PPE is worn
• All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker taking PPE on and off.
All patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the NIH Clinical
Center have followed the three principles. None of the workers at these facilities have contracted
Principle #1: Rigorous and repeated training
Principle #2: No skin exposure when PPE is worn
Principle #3: Trained monitor
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