OSHA Guest column: Train now for proper Ebola PPE

October 22, 2014

Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHF) or Ebola is the hot topic right now in healthcare facilities and in laboratories across the nation. Under normal circumstances, the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be confusing to staff. With adjustments that need to be made for handling and processing samples from suspected or confirmed VHF patients, that confusion can mount.

When making decisions about the PPE for your staff, gather information from the CDC, your infection prevention department and other credible resources that you may have. Train your staff how to properly don and doff the PPE, especially if you obtain equipment you do not use under normal circumstances.

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