Saturday, October 18, 2014

EBOLA PPE Resources

Courtesy of one of the contributors at WRSA, here are two links to some great info on PPE for dealing with Ebola:

1. Medecins Sans Frontieres Ebola/FHF Handbook
This is their entire .pdf Filovirus Hemorhaggic Fever (FHF) guidebook.
The PPE donning procedures are in Annex 11.

2. The UNMC PPE Doning/Doffing Handouts
UNMC runs the Biocontainment Unit, the largest of the 4 BL4 isolation wards in the US. Both handouts are clickable posters that can be downloaded, in .pdf form.

If you work in healthcare in the U.S., you should get familiar with this stuff NOW, and not wait for your own facility to get off the dime. Learn it, love it, live it, and live.

And if they come out with something less than these protocols, you need to be ready to educate THEM, and raise hell if they try palming off some lesser protocol than this on you, because they won't be in the patients' rooms with you, and they won't be the ones sick in the ICU with Ebola if their lesser Magical mystery Plan goes sideways.

If you're not in healthcare, but you know someone who is, send 'em a link to it.
You might save a life.

Big shout out of thanks to WRSA, and the person who sent them the linked info.
They could do more good with this than the CDC has managed to do after we spent $10B on them.

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