Ebola: Proper Safety Protocol Essential For Providers


While caring for patients affected by the recent Ebola outbreak, providers face a high risk of contracting the disease.

According to the Wall Street Journal, most “available evidence suggests that basic infection-control measures like protective gear that eliminate contact with the skin or fluids are sufficient to contain transmission. High-tech isolation units, such as the negative-pressure chambers used in the few cases in the U.S. and U.K., aren’t necessary to containing the virus since the outbreak has been successfully controlled in Nigeria and Senegal.”

However, all it takes is a “single lapse in procedure—removing successive layers of surgical gloves in the wrong order, for example— to expose a nurse or doctor to infection.”

As the number of cases of Ebola in Africa rise, “scores of health-care workers have fallen ill.” These providers are desperately needed since more health workers are required to keep up with the demands of the disease

Summary by MedicalGroups.com

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