October 21, 2014
CDC Releases New Ebola PPE Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released tightened personal protective equipment (PPE) infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for Ebola patients.
The CDC is recommending all of the same PPE included in the August 1, 2014 guidance, with the addition of coveralls and single-use, disposable hoods. Goggles are no longer recommended as they may not provide complete skin coverage in comparison to a single use disposable full face shield.
PPE recommended for U.S. healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola includes:
- Double gloves
- Boot covers that are waterproof and go to at least mid-calf or leg covers
- Single use fluid resistant or imperable gown that extends to at least mid-calf or coverall without intergraded hood.
- Respirators, including either N95 respirators or powered air purifying respirator (PAPR)
- Single-use, full-face shield that is disposable
- Surgical hoods to ensure complete coverage of the head and neck
- Apron that is waterproof and covers the torso to the level of the mid-calf should be used if Ebola patients have vomiting or diarrhea
The guidance also describes different options for combining PPE to allow a facility to select PPE for their protocols based on availability, healthcare personnel familiarity, comfort and preference while continuing to provide a standardized, high level of protection for healthcare personnel.
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Ebola Resource Center for further information including the latest Ebola supply chain news of particular interest to distributors and manufacturers.
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