The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tightened infection control guidance for health care workers caring for patients with Ebola to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on safe use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
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
Recent experience from safely treating patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center are reflected in the guidance.
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