C.D.C. issues new guidelines for Ebola care

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

October 22, 2014

Federal officials announced new guidelines October for the protection of hospital workers caring for patients infected with Ebola, according to an article in the New York Times.

According to the article, the new CDC guidelines have been reviewed by specialists at American hospitals that have successfully cared for Ebola patients, and based on very strict protocols used for years by “Doctors Without Borders,” a group that has fought Ebola for years in African countries.

Among some of the changes that are being made are recommendations that hospital workers use a “buddy system” to ensure all protocols are being closely followed when donning and doffing PPE, and protective hoods that completely cover the neck and chest when working with patients, according to the article.