Ebola Equipment Guidelines

The City of Cleveland Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders recently learned new preventative methods and safety guidelines for United States healthcare workers on how to properly put on and take off personal protective equipment (PPE) for protection from the Ebola virus. Cleveland’s new bio-hazard protective equipment comes complete with protective suit, mask, gloves, boots, and tape to protect skin from any potential exposure.

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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 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.

The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:

  • All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including putting it on and taking it off in a systemic manner
  • No skin exposure when PPE is worn
  • All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker putting PPE on and taking it off. 
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